In the red-dirt highlands of western Kenya, 200 miles from the capital, Nairobi, rests the 4,000-person town of Iten. Remotely situated among the peaks and basins of the Great Rift Valley, the settlement’s 2,400-meter elevation and female mayor distinguish it from many Kenyan towns, but it’s truly extraordinary for another reason. Iten, as well as […]
Sometimes the magic in the view from the top is even more spectacular when you’ve pushed yourself to find it! We started out in a small village on top of the ridge, after hiding most of our luggage in the back of the 4-wheel drive Jeep. We then started our trek through the upper Dogon Village before heading off on a long dirt road into the desert heat of Mali.
I remember this day very well. After my final high school examinations in 2003, it was time for me to concentrate on my career as a middle distance runner. It was on the August 4, 2004 that the long awaited day finally arrived. I was told that I was going to join the athletics camp […]