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For a second time in a month, Kenya’s runners failed to win a marathon. Haile Gebreselassie won January Dubai Marathon ahead of his kenyan pacemaker and at last weekend ING Miami marathon Jose Garcia of Guetemala won ahead of Kenya’s Samwel Kiprotich. Are we Kenyans losing our touch in long distance running?

Kenya Violence Affects Runners

One thing that is surely affecting Kenyan runners is the ongoing political crisis in the country. A former athlete, Lukas Sang was killed and a current athlete has been killed. Athletes have claimed they have received threats to their lives. Most of kenyas’ athletes are from Rift Valley province of Kenya that has been a center of ethnic fighting. Its difficult to go out running when you know the roads are full of gangs killing people.

How the Violence Erupted

The chaos started after a suspect election process. The incumbent, President Kibaki was declared the winner but the Opposition, Orange Democratic Movement protested calling for mass action. The mass action has now turned into ethnic fighting, tribe against tribe. Neighbours who lived in harmony are now turning against one another. Koffi Annan the former United Nations Secretary General is in the country to try and mediate between the feuding politicians.

Watching the media you might think the whole of Kenya is on fire but that is not the case. I come from Mt. Kenya region, the area has not suffered the violence and am still able to go about with my business, as you can see am still able to update this blog daily.  But I fear its only a matter of time and the whole country will be affected economically. Key economic sectors,Tourism and Agriculture are rapidly being killed. I still dread that day when my internet provider will apologise to me for increasing my internet charges due to the worsening economic situation!

How Runners are Coping

Training camps have been shut down and some elite athletes have left the country and shifted their training base abroad. The local athletics federation is playing a part in finding peace by trying to organise a peace run. If their is one thing that is known to unite people is sports. I hope and pray Kenya finds peace.

If you want to understand more about Kenya, Marathon guide website has an informative article, a Runners Guide To Kenyas’ History.


Kenyan Runners Low Calorie Diet

Posted: January 27, 2008 in kenyan Runners

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Kenyan runner, Rodgers Rop has been a faithfull pacesetter for Haile Gebrselassie. At 2007 Berlin Marathon, he began under strict instructions. He was to run the first 30K in precisely 1 hour 29 minutes and then drop out. His job was to set pace for Haile Gebrselassie to break the marathon record.

“I ran the first 30K in 1:28:56, and when I dropped out, I saw he was still feeling O.K.,” said Rop of Kenya. “I knew that he was going to make it.”

Rop was right.

Haile Gebrselassie astonished us all when he went on to break the marathon world record in a time of 2 hours 4 minutes 6 seconds, securing a mark he had coveted since he was a teenager in Ethiopia. That record brought the total records by Haile Gebrselassie to 23.

It seems Haile Gebrsellasie was satisfied with the work done by Rodgers Rop that he has once again hired services of Rodgers Rop to try and break the world record at 2008 Dubai Marathon.

One Kenyan runner who wont be hired is Elijah Mbogo, the pacesetter who defied team orders to win 2007 Singapore marathon.

Rop is an accomplished long distance runner. In 2002 he won both the Boston marathon and the New York Marathon. His personal best is 2:07:32 set at hamburg Marathon in 2007.

The 31 year old Rop, like many other kenyan runner works as a police officer during the off season.

He has a son who unsurprisingly is named “Boston”

If there is one factor that ensures kenyan domination in long distance running is high altitude training.

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If you meet Catherine Ndereba for the first time you wont mistake to see her passion for her Christian faith. She avoids any form of self glorification and stresses her wins, 4  at Boston marathon and 2 at Chicago marathon, are all from God. In an interview with mens racing dot com she said “My running is a gift from God. He gave it to me with a purpose.”

One purpose is helping fellow Kenyans pursue a career as a professional runner.

Last weekend she put her Christian faith to practice by organising and sponsoring Nyeri Half Marathon. The race was in her home town, Nyeri, a countryside town at the bottom of Mt. Kenya, Africa’s second highest mountain.  

High altitude

At 2400 meters or 8000 ft above sea level, this country side town is abundant in horticultural farming but one scarce commodity is little oxygen due to the high altitude.

Shaped by adversity

There is no public transport in many parts of rural Kenya. As young school girl, Catherine like many other children in rural Kenya to get to school means running. And it is this daily routine of waking up at dawn and running to school that gives kenyans a start in running.

Future Champions

The winner of this years Nyeri marathon was Nathan Kosgei (29). He has won it 4 times. He is a promising young man who has never tasted a win in europe or america. At the finish he declared “he is now ripe to attempt the full distance from next year.”

When he wins a Major marathon, you will remember where you first heard about him.