Thursday, 31 August 2017

Your Questions Answered: What is the highest altitude in Kenya?

What is the highest altitude in Kenya?
Mt. Kenya

Considering that the person asking this question wanted to know more about long distance training in Kenya and why many runners visit Kenya to benefit from the high altitude training, the answer has little to do with long distance training, but I will go ahead and put that into context. The highest point is on Mt. Kenya at 17,057 feet (5,199m) above the sea level.
However, most athletes in Kenya train at altitudes ranging from 2,000m to 2500m. Many of Kenya’s athletics training camps are located in Kapsabet in Nandi, Iten in Egeyo Marakwet, Eldoret in Uasin Gishu, Kaptagat in Uasin Gishu/Elgeyo Marakwet, Ngong in Nairobi and Nyahuru in Laikipia.
Altitude training is beneficial. But, it has to

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Why every professional athlete should be having their own website by now


It is encouraging to see many professional athletes beginning to create social media sites to interact with their fans and websites to put up their biographies, their achievements and the projects they are working on, among other information. In the near future, it seems it will be so easy for anyone to learn more about any athlete that wins any major competition by simply combining their names into a URL address and seeing all the information they will need to know about them and all their sponsors in one place as well.
Below are some of the reasons why every professional athlete should be having their own website by now.

A walk around the city with Eliud Kiptanui just after he won the IAAF gold label Ottawa Marathon


A marathon fan once told me that a high number of marathon runners, after finishing a race, do not care much to know the name of the runner who won the marathon. I respect the fan's opinion. However, I think I got a new perspective this weekend (28th of May 2017) on this as to why that may appear so and why it could not be as it appears.
It could be true that many marathon runners approaching the finish line minutes, or hours, later, after the victory ceremony is done, may not know the name of the winner, but it doesn't mean they do not want to know. Perhaps all they want at that time in the world is just but something to eat and the quickest way to get back to their homes to rest.
I did not plan to walk around the city of Ottawa with the newly crowned champion, but it just happened in a way that no one may believe as it was too coincidental, but I will tell it anyway. It seems that everything happens for a reason.
At around 4PM, I got bored of being alone in my hotel room at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel, a hotel that was part of the sponsors of the race and hosted elite runners, and so decided to come out and see if I could find some company. I was just in time to stop Nicholas Bor, who also had nowhere in particular to go, just as he was about to

Monday, 22 May 2017

When I arrived in Canada in readiness for the ScotiaBank Ottawa Marathon


In the first few days when I arrived in Brighton, Ontario, I remember doing an easy run in an almost empty park with tall trees and strange sounds coming out from creatures and birds in the forest and had a strange feeling that I had been there before. Looking at the trees around to see if I had ever seen any kind before, everything looked strange, even the grass looked thinner and lighter greenish here than I had seen anywhere else. Then it hit me! I had actually been here almost thirty years ago! Yes. It was the same feeling I had while exploring the world as a 5 year old kid.
Canada, especially the area where I now stay with a great friend hosting me ahead of the IAAF gold label Ottawa Marathon, has the best trails ever for a distance runner to train on. There is also a tartan high school track at a walking distance from where I live, and it is free.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Ottawa Marathon 2017 top elite men and women start lists

2017 Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon – Start lists
Men
First
Last
Age
Country
PB
Year
Levy
Matebo
28
Kenya
2:05:12
2011
Eliud
Kiptanui
27
Ethiopia
2:05:21
2015
Seboka
Dibaba
30
Ethiopia
2:06:17
2012
Eric
Ndiema
24
Kenya
2:06:11
2011
David
Kiyeng
34
Kenya
2:06:26
2009

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Some racing in Ontario ahead of the ScotiaBank Ottawa Marathon

Life as a runner, not necessarily as an elite athlete - as I do not count myself as one - can be so exciting. There is the rare opportunity to travel to many places across the world, get to know and meet other runners (and by the way, if you have noticed, almost all runners everywhere across the world regardless of their level are amazing people), win commemorative medals, remain fit and healthy and get to contribute to charities, just to name but a few of the many uncountable benefits of being a runner.
So, traveling back and forth Toronto and Ottawa in the last few days, my backpack is now jingling with medals after doing a few of the road races here. I wish I could do more, but I am already tapering for my big race of the year at the end of this month: The ScotiaBank Ottawa Marathon.
The Mississauga marathon that has been praised by many runners who have run before for their great organization was my first stop. I did their 10K race in the evening of 6th May and their half marathon the following morning of 7th May finishing second in both races. The 10km race was won by Sergio Villanueva in 30:16. He was such a fine runner and broke away from the rest of the field just at the start, even before the echo of the gun could resound. I finished second in 31:24 while Tsegaye Dissasa finished third in 31:33.

Monday, 15 May 2017

2015 champ Nicolas Bor looking for a course record at the 2017 Ottawa 10K



Kenya’s Nicholas Bor was all set to defend his 2015 title and set a new course record at the 2016 Ottawa 10K, when an injury forced him to forego the race. But with one month to go before the 2017 Ottawa 10K, Bor believes he is in the right form to do what he was hoping to do last year. 

"My body is responding well to training now, just like it was in 2015," said Bor.