Loroupe holds the world records for the 20, 25 and 30-kilometer marathons and is the three-time World Half-Marathon champion. Loroupe grew up in Kenya working in the fields, tending cattle, and looking after younger brothers and sisters. When she took up running, Loroupe was only supported by her mother as the Kenyan Athletics Federation found her to be too small and thin. They clearly underestimated her. After much success, Loroupe founded the Tegla Loroupe Peace Academy, an orphanage for children in Kapenguria, Kenya.