Kenenisa Bekele’s Field Of Dreams

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 19, 2012
  • Updated Dec. 19, 2012 at 7:51 AM UTC
Kenenisa Bekele is trying to turn a new track into a business. Photo:

He has supervised the construction of a large track.

It’s no cliche that practice makes perfect. For multiple Olympic medalist Kenenisa Bekele, this adage holds true. The Ethiopian has decided to build a six-lane track in the district of Sululta, which is approximately 25 minutes from the capital city of Addis Ababa.

The training area lies at an altitude of 2,750 meters.

Bekele isn’t just building the track for himself, however. He’s made it an investment and has also constructed a 30-room hotel adjacent to the track. Bekele has even bigger plans for the facility. In the future, he hopes to build another 80-room hotel.

“It is not easy to build a track, financially,” Bekele admitted. “You have to have money to spend. You can try to make money back but I didn’t care about making money from this track.  It was very expensive. With the ground work, and everything, it has cost me $1.5 million. It was very tough to do for one athlete.”

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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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