A tour of where some of the world’s best runners live and train

The basic lifestyle of the world's best long-distance runners

January 24th, 2018 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , , ,

A glimpse into our trainingscamp with Anthony Maritim!

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The Global Sports Communication (athlete management) camp in Kaptagat, Kenya is the primary training camp for some of the world’s best distance runners.

The housing, located about 30K outside of Eldoret, a world-famous hot bed for distance runners, is home to the NN Running Team, which includes Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, 2017 New York City Marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor, two-time world champion Abel Kirui, Toronto Waterfront Marathon champion Philemon Rono and former world half-marathon record holder Florence Kiplagat. Think of the NN Running Team as a club (far and away the world’s best) as it also features non-Kenyans including 5,000m/10,000m world record holder Kenenisa Bekele and has bases in four other countries including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Africa.

Kaptagat is located at 2,400m (7,874 feet) above sea level, conducive for high-altitude training. Recently, NN Running Team did a MTV Cribs-like tour of the camp showing where athletes sleep, eat, hang out and train. The surrounding area is home to tens of kilometres of packed red trail.

According to NN Running Team, athletes sleep two to a room with a seperate block for men and women. Water was only recently installed at the facility, recently dubbed “The Animal House.” Each athlete has specific duties assigned to them to maintain the upkeep of the camp.

A cook and physiotherapist and massage therapist are employed at the camp.

An adjacent garden to the camp provides much of the food to the athletes, according to NN Running Team’s Instagram video of the premises. Overall, the lifestyle is very basic despite many of the runners having won hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money in recent years.

What's your favorite food as a runner? This is how you prepare Kenyan ugali!

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Gone running😉

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