Setting the pace is a small town’s big business by Jackie Lebo

Article Brief

Kenyan long-distance running
What separates Kenyan runners from their counterparts? We explore the myths and realities that fuel the success that Kenyan runners have had and continue to have in the world. Covering a wide (and long) distance of themes and material – from social realities, to political agendas, sports training to community development, economic possibilities to physical limits and imaginary flights – to uncover the sweaty secrets of Kenya’s “running factory.”


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