We host adult running camps throughout the year and private groups for schools, running clubs or groups of friends.
The Kenya Experience camps are 2 week Running Holidays which are suitable for runners of all levels. The training schedules are designed to give guests an authentic taste of running ‘The Kenyan way’ but always tailored to individual abilities and experiences by our coaching team.
The camps are about more than just running and as well as guided runs, coached workouts and practical workshops we will also have Coaching Seminars, Q&A’s and visits to local athlete homes and training camps. The Kenya Experience program is designed to give you insider access into the world of Kenyan running as well as to immerse you in the local culture in Iten.
Location - Iten, Kenya
- Iten is Kenya’s “Home of Champions” due to the vast number of olympians that live here
- Standing at 2400m above sea level it is at the ideal altitude for endurance training
- Endless soft dirt trails
- Located on the escarpment of the Great Rift Valley – truly inspirational views and scenery
- Ideal location to watch and learn from the approx. 800 elite runners based in Iten
- Friendly welcoming attitude of local people
- Year round warm sunny weather
Accommodation – High Altitude Training Centre
- Full board accommodation
- En-suite bathrooms with hot showers
- Deluxe Twin Rooms
- World class training environment
- Well equipped gym
- 25m solar heated swimming pool
- Professional chefs cooking with home grown produce (individual dietary requirements met on request)
Training & Coaching
- Fully coached training sessions
- Kenyan style training
- Our coaches are experienced with runners of all levels
- Local guide runners are provided to show you the best trails
- Training includes Long Runs, Speed Workouts, Hills, Fartlek and Recovery Run
- We will also run Strength, Conditioning, Flexibility, and Mobility workouts
- None of the workouts are compulsory and we are happy for you to follow your own programme
“The scenery of the places we ran is just STUNNING ! I can not stress enough the beauty of the forest”Ahmad
Seminars and discussions with coaches
Our coaching team will host seminars and Q&A’s to teach you everything you need to know about Kenyan running and training methods. As well as the formal seminar sessions you will also have multiple opportunities to discuss your training and all other topics with the coaches throughout the camp on a more informal basis.
We will take you to Kameriny Track on a Tuesday morning when the majority of Iten’s runners can all be found performing speed work around the famous dirt oval perched on the edge of the Rift Valley Escarpment. Our guides and coaches will point out some of the top runners and you will have the chance to meet and chat with the runners.
St Patricks High School
St Patricks can hold claim to be the greatest running school of all time. With school records that most nations would be proud of and Olympians and world record holders among their alumni. St Patricks is widely acclaimed as having started the Iten running phenomena. The St Patricks school grounds pays homage to its own illustrious past, and it is the current home to the legendary coach Brother Colm O’Connell and world 800m record holder David Rudisha.
As well as the running itself we will also provide coached workouts in areas including:
- Core Stability and Strength & Conditioning for Runners
- Flexibility & Mobility
- Running Form & Technique
Guest visit from Kenyan Champion runner
We will bring in a local guest runner to talk exclusively to you about their life and career. This is your chance to question a world class runner on their training and racing experiences. With so many to choose from your guest visit is sure to be from a truly exciting athlete.
We will follow one of Iten’s best training groups in vans as the athletes perform their weekly fartlek workout around the trails of the Iten countryside. A fantastic sight and a great photo opportunity. We will also meet the athletes following the completion of the workout.
Visit to Kenyan athletes training camp
Visit the famed training camps where Kenyan’s live together and train hard for running success. Meet and chat with the athletes living in the camp and learn about their experiences both in and out of Kenya.
Visit to local runners home
Visit the humble abode of a local runner in Iten and experience the famed Kenyan hospitality. An emerging runner allows you a glimpse into their world and to see the typical living conditions of Iten’s runners.
Guest visit from up and coming Kenyan runner
Learn about and experience life on the other side of the coin with a guest visit from a young aspiring Kenyan Runner, or a ‘Mid Level’ runner training full time in Iten to try and break into the World Class ranks of the superstars.
Eldoret is Kenya’s fastest growing town, mainly due to the Investments of the star runners. You will have time to explore and visit the town and shop for gifts and crafts in Eldoret’s markets as well as relax in a coffee shop and take in a restaurant before heading back to Iten. (Restaurant meal is included in the cost of the camp)
An initiative providing women living with HIV an outlet for creativity and employment, this workshop offers a range of authentic handmade arts, crafts and gift items. We will be given a tour of the workshop and shown first hand how the staff turn unwanted junk and waste into beautiful gift items.
Visit local primary School
The local Children are often one of the lasting memories people take from a visit to Iten. We will take you to one of their schools to meet the children and teachers and experience school life in rural Kenya. (This trip is dependent on school term dates)
“I learnt so much from the coaching and practical sessions.”Jonathan
Why book with us?
Trusted training camp provider since 2010
The Kenya Experience has been providing fully coached and tour guided training camps in Iten since 2010. We were the first company to offer such a service to runners and we continue to be the leading company offering running camps in Iten. We have hosted runners from around the world including guests from Europe, North and South America, Oceana, Asia and Africa.
Specialised specific knowledge of Iten
Our staff are highly experienced when it comes to Iten and the runners here. They have all lived in and been part of the Iten community for years. We focus exclusively on running camps in Iten and can therefore offer you the highest quality guest experience during your time here.
Our staff know Iten and the Iten running community intimately, giving you a real insiders view into the lives of Kenyan runners in Iten.
Professional staff working exclusively for us
Our tour guides and coaches are the best in the business. We pay well and look after our staff and in return we expect a high quality of work at all times. This means you receive the highest quality training camp experience out there.
Professional tour guides
Our camps are led by our full time tour guide Willy Songok. Songok is a former professional runner who also competed in the US collegiate system on an athletic scholarship. Since completely his own running career he has worked as a tour guide, safari driver and general manager of 2 of Iten’s hotels. He is the perfect man to ensure that your running camp in Iten runs smoothly.
Our camp coach is Sylvia Kibet and we are proud to have Sylvia as part of our team. As a two-time World Championship Silver Medalist and Olympian for the Kenyan National team, Slyvia has been there and done it as an athlete and is the perfect person to pass on her knowledge to our guests.
Hugo van den Broek and Gavin Smith act as support coaches for Sylvia leading on certain activities and seminar sessions and providing back up to Sylvia where needed. Gavin and Hugo are both European runners and coaches with vast experience running in Iten and coaching Kenyan runners at the very top level.
We also use a range of high quality guest coaches throughout the camp who will ensure you gain a well balanced and varied perspective on Kenyan running and coaching methods. These include guest experts on Strength and Conditioning and Running Technique who lead on specific sessions focused on these areas.
“I was really impressed with the coaches knowledge of training, Kenyan running, and connections to speakers.”Angela
The standard cost of the camp includes:
- Return Transfers from Eldoret Airport to Iten
- 13 nights full board accommodation at the High Altitude Training Centre
- Full use of camp facilities (Gym, Pool, Sauna, TV Room/Lounge)
- Full Coaching Programme
- Coached Running Workouts
- Coached Non Running Workouts (gym, technique etc)
- Non running activities including coaching seminars, q&a’s with top Kenyan runners, visits to local athlete camps and much more. (See camp activities above)
Optional Additional Costs:
- Single Occupancy Rooms – £300pp
- Additional nights accommodation beyond 2 week camp
- Lake Nakuru Safari – £150pp (1 day trip on the camps rest day from training)
What is not included:
- Airfare internationally and to Eldoret
- Purchases of a personal nature and drinks and snacks outside of meal times
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