Global performance brand, On, earlier this week announced the official partnership with two-time 5000m World Champion and 2021 Olympic Silver medallist Hellen Obiri.
The timing comes as she closes out her track career and begins the transition to road racing.
The only woman in history to win world titles in indoor track, outdoor track, and cross country, Obiri, 31, is the latest in impressive additions to On’s athletic roster. Obiri’s many accolades include 5000m silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, back-to-back 5000m World Champion in 2017 and 2019, 5000m silver medallist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She then finished out her track career as the 5000m silver medallist at the 2021 Diamond League final.
“We are immensely proud and honored to have Hellen Obiri join the On team,” said On Co-Founder Olivier Bernhard. “Over the years, Hellen has wowed us with her drive, determination, and dedication to the sport. At On, we look for not only the fastest athletes; but the ones who truly embody the power of the human spirit. The versatility of Obiri’s success in both track and road; proves there is so much more to come, and we are thrilled to be a part of her next journey.”
Hailing from Kisii, Kenya, Obiri and her family will be moving to Boulder, CO to continue her training, with a warm welcome from the local On community including the Boulder-based On Athletics Club and world-renowned OAC Head Coach Dathan Ritzenhein, In addition to training, the mom of one is looking forward to raising her daughter in a new country for the first time.
“I am eager to train with the team and move with my family to the US,” said Obiri of her new career move. “I have never trained for so long outside Kenya, so it will be a challenge but something new, and it’s good to try new things. I am so happy to join On and work with the team.”