‘Built on the Love of Running’: Kenyan Ultrarunners Train for the Big Stage

For ultrarunners, Iten, Kenya, is ‘the home of champions.’ When local runners started losing their peak conditioning during COVID-19 lockdowns, Braveheart Runners stepped in.

The Braveheart Runners Foundation offers yearlong scholarship programs to up-and-coming Kenyan runners. The team’s objective is to provide a year of coaching, training, and financial support, leading to the chance to race on Europe’s biggest stages for the sport.

Meet the program’s nine members for 2022 in episode 1 of “Braveheart Runners: When Trail Meets Road.” With help from SCOTT, they’ll soon pursue world competition status. Stay tuned to watch the nine young runners all season.

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a staff writer at GearJunkie, and several other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about climbing, cycling, running, wildlife, outdoor policy, the outdoor industry, vehicles, and more for 2 years. Prior to GearJunkie, he owned and operated his own business before freelancing at GearHungry. Based in Austin, Texas, Anderson loves to climb, boulder, road bike, trail run, and frequent local watering holes (of both varieties).

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