Last week at the Zurich marathon, all three of the men’s winners were Kenyan runners. Two of those that topped the podium – the race winner Vincent Tonui and third place getter Samuel Karani – are members of the Kenyan running team run2gether (of which On is a major sponsor and supporter) and both have trained hundreds of everyday runners through unique running camps in Europe.
For many, Kenya is held up as the ultimate running destination. The high altitude, warm climate, groups-running-style and practice of eating from the land all contributing factors as to why it produces some of the very best long-distance runners in the world. However for most Kenya is a tricky destination to reach, which is why since 2008 team run2gether has brought authentic-style running and training camps to the heart of Europe – largely through volunteer networks.
During spring and summer, many of the members of the Kenyan team come to heights of Austria (while training for their personal race-schedules) to work as coaches and trainers in week long camps that immersed people in the life, food and running culture of Kenya. These camps are used by Team run2gether to fund their season and pay predominantly for race entries, supplies and travel to get these runners – many of whom are multi-marathon champions – to their events around the world.