Week-Long Series On Running With The Kenyans

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 5, 2011

One man travels to Africa’s running capital to discover why Kenyans are so good.

The Guardian Web site is posting a week-long series by journalist Adharanand Finn who travels to Iten, Kenya to train with a group of elite runners. Finn, a native of England and a married father of three, was on a six-month assignment to “discover the heart of Kenyan running.”

“Who are they? Why are they so good,” he asks.

Finn is a runner and brought along his shoes so that he can join in with the elites. “I’m not yet sure how I’m going to keep up with the Kenyans long enough to find out anything, but I’m going to try,” he writes.

In Iten, Finn finds that the roads are so clogged with runners it upsets the taxi drivers. Strangely enough, however, the town doesn’t even have a proper running track. By spending half a year there, Finn hopes to “find the secret of their success.” He writes that he had never been to Africa before.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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