A purely proud Namibian, one of the country’s most recognizable long distance road runners, one Ruben “Tix” Indongo, is making waves on foreign soil – showing his competitors a clean pair of heels at international races.
The lanky athlete comes from a sports crazy family, thus his genes dictated he would be a noted athlete.
After all, younger brother Julius Indongo ranks amongst the finest professional boxers Namibia has ever produced and is the incumbent World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa Junior Welterweight champion. Unbeaten in 19 bouts since joining the paid ranks, Julius is certainly destined for the bigger stage.
Far away from home across the Mediterranean Sea and nowadays a naturalized Frenchman, Ruben is setting the stage ablaze in high-profile international road races in the blue, white and red colours of his adopted country France.
Exactly fourteen years ago the tallish, skinny marathoner left his native land only to resurface in France for what was meant to be a training camp to gain more experience and learn about the finer points of how to tackle road running in a competitive environment.
However, the European journey turned out to be a life changer for the likeable Namibian long distance athlete.
Having won almost everything there was to be won on the local front and representing his country at various regional and international gatherings Ruben, or rather ‘Tix” as he is affectionately known among his circle of friends, certainly needed new challenges.
Indongo and compatriot Elizabeth Moghundhi were chief beneficiaries of an exchange sports programme between Namibia and France that saw the Namibian pair invited for an extensive training programme in France.
The two Namibian athletes were placed under the care and stewardship of athletics guru Ben Halima Khillil, who acted as their manager and tutor at the same time.
Little did the Namibians know that France would become their final destination and home for many more years to come and while Moghundhi has settled down peacefully after tying the knot with her newly found French beau, Tix has taken his career to another level.
Following years of competing in low-key races, Indongo rose to prominence when he was granted French citizenship in 2009 and made his debut for his adopted land the following year during the International Half Marathon Championship in China, where he finished 12th overall out of a strong field.
The Namibian announced his arrival on the international stage with an amazing second place finish in the team’s category at another half marathon in Zuricch, Switzerland, in 2014.
Next stop was the International Half Marathon race in Denmark, where he crossed the finishing line in 49th place.
Indongo, 34, also represented the French Navy athletics team at the highly competitive Euro Championships where he came out with flying colours.
Tix boasts a remarkable résumé of achievements from his native land, having won several high-profile road races as a junior and later as senior, including the Old Mutual annual Victory Race, Mariental Chamber of Commerce Road Race and Rössing Half Marathon and many others during an astonishing road racing journey that started at the age of 15.
He is currently based in Marseille, south of France and is married to boyhood sweetheart Rauha Amathila who bore him a daughter.
As a valuable member of the French navy athletics team, Tix works as an administrator overseeing the battalion’s infrastructural department and administration.
Trix was born in Namibia’s capital Windhoek in 1981 and always had an overwhelming affection for long distance running since he was still a toddler barely out of his pair of shorts.