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01/14 Minus 7 celsius with 10mph winds... New York City. Yuck.
01/13 When a person writes an article in the newspaper and their only aim is to promote a book they have written, or slide in facts about themselves... #overdone #boring.
NYC is cold, grey and people tell me "You should have been here last week...
Apparently 'they' had the coldest winter in 100-years.
2018 Doha Half Marathon Results saw Alex Kibet win in 61' mins... We will have to wait for the Great Mo' on the road results.
Meanwhile over in Edinburgh Iten resident of HATC Amos was #3 (Running under his Turkish name - Ali) - way to go for this hard working Nandi Warrior!
Loving to See the CEO of T-mobile, John Legere, giving us a tweet! A friend with a big heart and a big helper too! Amazing man.
01/10 What a week; running around, doing everything!I certainly should write a proper blog as every day in Kenya is an event and a half, right now I am posting collective thoughts in differing forums.... Briefly, thanks to Betsy Saina (#5 in the Olympics 10,000) and Caroline Rotich (Boston marathon winner) for their recent visit to the hospital to visit our kids.
caroline and Betsy - fast runners!
Thanks to Olympic Champ Peter Rono for volunteering at our feeding program... Thanks to Alyssa O'Connor and Andy Arnold for starting the Ruby in the Rift program at the Shoe4Africa Martin Lel school... Congrats to our women's group for completing the Beans Project in our Women's Empowerment project... Thanks to Nathan and Novartis for their visit to the hospital...
Lots going on this year, I have a feeling it is going to be a fab one for Shoe4Africa, or should I say I hope so!
01/01/2018 Spent the afternoon with Charles and Mary Keitany as we plan the next school. An exciting new project that is bringing secondary education to an area that needs it.
A couple of days ago I met the Governor of Baringo at a function for the 1988 Olympic Champ Peter Rono, so we discussed the school there too. A nice event with people such as 1984 Olympian Edwin Koech, also Charles Cheruiyot from the 84 + 88 Olympics, Matthew Birir and Abel Kirui who is training withe Eliud Kipchoge as they will both race in London.
Bob Tahri, the French steeplechase legend a a friend since 1997 is here, in Iten. We also met Caroline, who paced Mary to the world record in London and will soon, with her 14:27 5k speed soon become a Kazakhstan citizen!
Good news; I spoke with Kuki Gallman (I dreamed of Africa) who was a victim if that terrible attack in April... she is sounding really recovered with her positive spirit and heart.
Shoe4Africa wishes you and your family a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!
We are so grateful for another year working to advance the health & education and make changes in the community empowering people in Kenya and her surrounds. Thank you for all the support you have given Shoe4Africa this year. Our work would not be possible without our supporters.
Full article here on the Daily Nation - LINK It was a great day at our hospital when Olympic Champion and Mr. Sub2 Eliud Kipchoge, 3X NYC and London marathon winner and world record holder Mary Keitany, Olympic Champion Matthew Birir, and Olympic Silver medalist Sally Kipyego came to hand out the gifts to our kids; over 450 gifts!
The little girl in the picture, Sasha, is from Soy, Kenya but lives in Mombasa. She was visiting her grandma when she fell and broke her arm.
12/19 Father Christmas is at the Shoe4Africa Hospital, says he is also coming on Thursday...
"Justin Gatlin, the world 100 metres champion, is at the centre of a new doping scandal after members of his team offered to illicitly supply performance-enhancing drugs." Sad truth about this man is again all about the drugs!Mo Farah wins Sports personality of the year after not finishing in the top three last year doing the Olympic Double Double. Nice that he is finally appreciated.12/18
What a line up! Better than a Diamond League! We had a visit yesterday to the Shoe4Africa Children’s hospital by a group of very fast runners who kindly brought a ton of gifts to the kids! Thank you to all, from left:
Alfred Kirwa (Olympic Bronze & World champ). John Kipkoech (12’49” in 5000m). Now going for road. Jairus Birech (Steeplechase 7:58 African Games champ). Pauline Korikwiang (World JXC Champ, black nike t-shirt). Betwel Limo (behind Pauline. brother to Janeth. not an athlete). Margaret Agai (marathon. PB: 2h 23’. Winner of 2017 Seoul marathon).
Barselius Kipyego (behind Margaret, 59:14 – half marathon).
Eunice Sum (world champ 800, Commonwealth games champ).
Dickson Chumba (won the Rome, Eindhoven, Tokyo, and Chicago marathons, PR 2:05:42). Edwin Kibet (behind Eunice and Dickson. 2h 08’ marathon. 59” in half).
Geoffrey Saurei (guy behind Dickson with cap. Camp Cook).
Felix Kibitok (Next to the cook. Winner of 2017 Nairobi half).
Viola Yator (next to Dickson. 2h26’. Winner of 2017 La maraton Vert in France). Asbel Kipsang (behind Viola. Not much visible. 2h 07’ guy). Hellen Chepkorir (next to Viola. 2h 34’ marathon PB). Akopesha Abraham (Behind Hellen. 2h 10’ guy. 60’ in half). Dominic Letting (left side of Akopesha. Up and coming athlete).Jonathan Kitilit (next to Hellen. 1’43”.05 in 800m). Betty Lempus (next to Kitilit. 2h 29’ marathon). Evans Chebet (behind in the middle of Kitilit and Betty. Marathon–2h 05’30”. 2nd in 2017 Valencia marathon). Cyprian Kotut (2h 07’. 59’. Paris Marathon 2016 Champion; Martin Lel’s brother. Next to Evans). Solomon Kirwa (next to Betty Lempus, in front of Janeth. 2h 07’ 13” in Paris 2017. 3rd position. 58’ 44” half marathon). Janeth Jepkosgei (World Champ 800). Patrick Siele (next to Solomon. 3rd in 2017 Nairobi half). Margaret Chelimo (behind Patrick next to Janeth Kossy Jepkosgeih. 5th in London in 5000m. 14’31” pb). Jackline Cheron (next to Margaret. up & coming athlete).
Barnabas Kipyego (next to Patrick. 2015 junior world champion steeplechase. 8’09”pb). Claudia Ekai. Down from left: Amos Kipruto (2h 05’43”pb). Benson Kipruto (2h 07’21” pb. Chumba’s brother). Daniel Cheribo (marathon coach). Thanks so much to the 2 Running Club and coach Claudio Berardelli for coming and gifting and lighting up the faces of the little kids!
12/16 Last night with Paul Chelimo, Haron Lagat, Brother Colm, Kip Evans & Joan, Conor, then Visiline Jepkesho came along as we were dining with Colm's Junior Team. As usual he has a new hoard of stars, like Rhonnex, and Mathew Kimeli - the two best 10,000m runners - a most fun night.Congrats to Jon Dunham... "Lionsgate has just released BOSTON in 96 countries! This is the biggest release a film about running has ever had. It is now available on every major platform e.g. iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc. Here’s the iTunes link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/boston/id1313896334 - Welld one Jon!
12/15 Oh my goodness - Mary Keitany does not win Kenya's athlete of the year, and she does not even win Kenya's road runner of the year... AND Eliud Kipchoge does not win Kenya's athlete of the year, and he does not even win Kenya's road runner of the year... At the Athletics Kenya Gala last night.
Mo Farah announced at the jan 12th Doha Half marathon in his build up for London. In Iten the former room where Mo used to stay is called the Room of champions, in the home of champions... meanwhile the government are building a new road that will link Iten to Kaptagat... where Eliud Kipchoge lives for most of the week... a place that can also be called a Home of a Champion.
At a charity event, held by Purosangue - they are holding a series of kids running races at a local public school. Great job educating the kids to #runclean. This is an Italian Org and they are holding five events in Kenya. the org is run by Nico Pannevis and Max, formerly of the Rome Marathon. Good guys helping out. I git invited as the guest and I am ashamed to say I arrived almost 90-minutes late as was held up with other issues!Had a wonderful meal at Mary Keitany's house with husband Charles and his mother Catherine, and their kids. Plus a lot of conversation with Charles's uncle on agri-mthods... Meanwhile our women's empowerment group are messing up their bean project, I think I need to give them a few tips on work hours!
12/14 A few years ago, maybe two, we held a talent race at a primary school where a young girl showed true grit and determination digging deep and winning a race. So we have been following her for a couple of years, promising that when she comes to the secondary we will support her.
Her family is very poor, and there are many hardships she has faced; yet she is a good fighter. So this week, to get her feet wet, we took her to the famous Brother Colm training camp. It is three weeks but she’s just going for four days, to meet the girls, she the work, with the hope of next year going for the entire camp.
I have a feeling that Lydia’s destiny will be dramatically changed by her running, for her and her community. Time will tell.
Pic shows Lydia leaving the farm and setting off to chase her future.
With Moses Kiptanui, at his supermarket - a man who excelled in both running and in business... and we are talking about Water tanks for an avocado project to empower women and feed kids at a hospital.
12/13/2017 True story a famous athlete, Male, Olympic champion, walked in to a doctor's office. He wanted an asthma inhaler. The Dr. told him, I am sorry, after your test you do not qualify. The athlete asked his manager for another referral. The second Doctor had a large poster of this athlete competing on the track on his wall. You need an asthma inhaler? What type?
Until we have independent doctor's on the job the drug testing game continues to be a joke...
Reading today about Chris Froome's double over the limit dose of medication. ink to the British press (LINK) I am sure if it was an American athlete the story would not be written as it is...
12/11 Want to read about all the good tips of Why you should run? Nice to read if even to reassure yourself - LINK here 35 Amazing Health Benefits of Running, According to Science (+10 Tips for Beginners) by Jacky Anderson.The Shoe4Africa team is 75% full for the United Airlines NYC half on March 18th, 2018 - be quick to grab a spot!Mama Rosie doing amazing things for 5,000 kids in South Africa. Read more on the CNN Heroes. LINK "I called them in, and we sang rhymes, and I gave them bread and something to drink," said Mashale, a former schoolteacher. "And that was the birth of the daycare center." Pop into Bread Alone bakery in Scarsdale to learn more.
12/09 Competition in Iten, nice to bump into and have a long chat with Paul Koech, the one from the 90's. Missed almost all the races talking to the new Deputy Governor, Brother Colm, Koila... a lot of friends there. Nice to see them all. Even the famous Italian coach, Renato Canova - it was like the old days! Brother Colm revealed his new secret Kenyan - Rhonnex kipruto who won the Junior men and will be a big name in the future...
12/08 I wish Runner's World had created a library of all the 'A brief chat's' done over the years to have created a true running library... Ten years ago I interviewed Shalane Flanagan for Runner's World. Ten year later I thought I wonder what the answers were... all gone, deleted into cyberspace.
Is anyone an expert with google adwords? Looking for advice.
At the airport for check in and the lady tells me, "The plane is leaving one hour late, at 2pm." I said, do you mean three, the designated time was 2pm. She then replies, "Oh no, we changed the flight yesterday to leave at 1pm." Geez, good job the time got changed back. As Leonardo Di Cap is famously known as saying, TIA.
12/05 At the Chai Life ball - amazing things happening at Camp Simcha and around the world for sick children.European Marathon record finally falls.. to a Norwegian! Congrats to Sondre Moen; no stranger to Kenya!Learning about the great work the Kitale Project are doing for street children! Check them out at thekitaleproject.org "If only one man dies of hunger, that is a tragedy. If millions die, that’s only statistics.” Today hundreds of children are dying in Kenya when diagnosed with cancers. What is treatable in the West is an almost death sentence in East Africa. 9/10 kids diagnosed with cancer are dying in East Africa. When the West has successfully got these numbers down to 1/10 why can't we have the same interventions to make the same outcomes?
11/30 Last day to enter the lottery for the United Airlines NYC half!
Biggest match up of 2018 for the running media starts today and ends at London - Eliud Kipchoge against Mo Farah. If you look at Mo's stride he takes less steps than most top marathoners (when in half marathon mode)... He needs to shorten the stride and quicken the turnover. If he is able to do this, and transition to the road it is clear that he is in the 2:03-2:04:30 range. On paper he is equal to that performance; but paper and performance is thrown out of the window on the race day. Great for the sport! Needed for the sport.11/29 #GivingTuesday - is there anything better than saving children's lives?11/28 A little late for Black Friday but finally got to see what it actually is... albeit in Seattle... in the rains.Coming up: The United Airlines NYC Half non-guaranteed entry drawing will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. On this day, your organization will be listed on the United Airlines NYC Half charity webpage and you will get access to your invitation codes in My NYRR so you may invite runners to register... come run with us!
11/08 Sumgong's excuse - link... Not valid, there is no record of her being at the hospital at that time. No record, and no one single person that can vouch for her. No excuse.
So the situation now sits as Sumgong apparently (being?) sorry... Unless there is a financial payback a sorry means nothing to the women whom she displaced with her cheating. Let's see. Sumgong, it is time for you to step up and do something... positive... oops!
Finally... ADAK sanctions Jemima Sumgong with a four year ban. The first reigning Olympic marathon champ to be caught. Such a huge shame for Kenya that an individual brings down the name of the other runners.... When Justin Gaitln gets caught (the first or the second) no one says 'Ah all Americans are dirty...' but when a Kenyan gets caught...
11/07 What a marathon weekend!! Too much fun and greatness.
Derick Wittenberg & Mary, Pieter Langerhorst, Lornah, Paula, and I.
From the start (meeting my international running friends on Wednesday) to the finish (dinner last night at the NYRR chairman George's house who was kind enough to come out in the rain on race day and meet me at the finish) it was a spectacle event. My ace Shoe4Africa team, the great team breakfast's, the parties... our fab post race party at a button factory! And more... all the stories etc.
I go to the RunCenter for my Kenyan Running talk... here are the people I had to follow.
Haile Gebrselassie, Paula,
Bill Rodgers, German Silva, and Ryan Hall. Anyway we had a Kenyan talk with Lornah Kiplagat, Peter Rono, Starbucks and I. Peter Rono, Olympic Gold in the 1500 is going home to Kenya in December after an absence of 15-years,
it will be a big welcome for him!
daily Nation, “My success has come as a result of high standards of discipline inculcated in me at the camp. We followed strict instructions from our coaches and the management at the camp,” Geoffrey Kamworor, NYC winner 2017. Lifetime amazing result by Shalane Flanagan to win the women's race... can she double up in Boston? Mary Keitany had a bad day and that shows the caliber of the athlete as she still finished second. Every one in NYC, from taxi drivers to street hopping ants is ranting, "American woman... won!" Shalane has done something amazing for the women's sport of distance running in the country.
11/04 If you are a Team Shoe4Africa runner tomorrow you get 40%, yes 40, off all running gear (all brands)!! Come to our morning run.In Marathon week in NYC everyone comes to town. Even the people you don't expect. More managers; I met Brendan O'Reilly, Tom Ratcliffe, Michel Boeting (whom stays 50-meters from me when he is in Kenya), Hawi, Hicham, and quite a few more... then runners aplenty; met Abdi who is looking great - he was #3 last year, Edna Kiplagat - who won Boston earlier this year and Gilbert who are here with their family, Michel Butter from the Netherlands who is often in Kenya and has been going to Kaptagat before it became the popular place to be (and is the undisputed Ping Pong Champ of Iten), Haron Lagat - a long time friend and a Cherangani neighbor, good to see him, I had no idea he was here, along with the US army team, and Paul Chelimo, a great guy from Iten who grabbed the Olympic Silver behind Mo. Diane, Burundi's best runner, and Betsy Saina again. Funny to think how the city comes alive with all the runners, then goes down on Monday when the event is over.Sad to hear that Tanzania's Nat. record holder in the Half Marathon, 59:30, Ismail Juma, died in a road accident. He won the Istanbul half earlier this year and was Tanzania's most promising athlete for a while.AIMS marathoner of the year - Nov 10th - Mary Keitany and Eliud Kipchoge. No one can dispute that result. (even though it is yet to be announced).
11/03 Amazing line up-- come by and say hello
Who is not at the NYRR RunCenter this Saturday? Come on down, it is free and join us - Haile Gebrselassie, Bill Rodgers, Ryan Hall, German Silva, Paul Tergat, Jenny Simpson, Lornah Kiplagat, Kathrine Switzer, Emma Coburn, Deena Kastor are all coming into town to be there this weekend. Along with Gordon Bakoulis, Alison Desir, and me... and Mr. Starbucks too. It is going on at the NYRR RunCenter, 320 West 57th St.
11/2 NYC marathon - we went to see Mary Keitany and Charles. Great catching up with them. Also Betsy Saina (my sister-in-law) who is here making her NYC debut. Then, at the Hall of Fame, Starbucks and Lornah (who was getting an award), and Paula Radcliffe, who is traveling like crazy these days, seems to be everywhere, and looks great... and of course all the NYRR peeps. Bumped into Hawi, Meb's brother who does all the management, and speaking of which great to see Luis Felipe Posso - one of the legend Managers who is not looking day older than he did back in the 1990's! Meb of course yesterday getting the top NYRR award of the Abebe Bikila prize... well deserved, iconic USA runner of the century!
Mason, Mary, Charles, David, Samantha, and Jared.
11/1 Run Clean, a campaign started in Kenya in 2015...
One wonders just what was Jemima Sumgong, top left, thinking as she smiled.... Jemima, busted early this year whilst preparing for the London Marathon, did so at a time when Kenya was calling out for "criminalizing doping"....
The truth of the matter is up till today, Nov, Jemima still hasn't received a ban, right? If so exactly how long and starting when... Despite, the #RunClean was a great Kenyan initiative started in Nandi County.
10/29 News from Liverpool (BBC) - 30% of our 11-year-olds are obese.
10/28 Vivian Cheruiyot wins her first marathon, 2:23, on a bad weather day - LINK. The Viv that won the Olympic Gold last year in the 5000m...
10/28 Fingers crossed for Martin Kosgey - running Frankfurt tomorrow. A recipient of Shoe4Africa shoes back in the day when he had no shoes! Last year he was #2 in 2:07:22 - let's go Martin!
With Martin at the airport!
A picture from an incredibly talented friend - Jonas Leriche!
In 2010 when Kenya went to the referendum vote Western media and countless other news channels came to Kenya. There was no killing, violence or troubles. Cameras filmed whatever they could "Watch out, maybe just soon..." Nothing happened. Ditto in 2013 - the world went back disappointed. In 2017 any person that died in Kenya became a victim of the elections. Also any person that died was automatically killed by the 'other side' (without trial or reason. On Aug 8th Kenya went to vote, Jubilee won by a landslide, and also won in the majority of the counties (makes sense). Let's just call it 8-mill vs 6-mill. before the elections the opposition had stated, the same as 2007, that if it lost it had to be rigging.
In 2007 when Kenya burned the opposition kept quiet as thousands of Kenyans went to the streets, most jobless machete wielding thugs will to die "for Raila". The educated, the working and the respectable stayed off the streets. the self proclaimed 'baba' could have stopped the killings with one speech; he remained silent for long. 600,000+ displaced, well over 1,000 needless slayings. Where was King Solomon we ask?
Anyway, fast forward to the 26th of Oct. President Kenyatta again gets another 7-mill votes (more than Raila in the first round).
"Turnout for the constituencies counted so far was 43 percent. That figure is likely to decrease when it includes returns of 0 from least 23 constituencies where authorities were unable to open even a single polling station because of protests by Odinga’s supporters." Sad to see the opposition again use excessive violence and force to keep people away from the polling stations.
Congrats to Team Uhurutto, the majority of Kenya has overwhelmingly spoken.
10/14 Went to the Ndalat XC race in Nandi. Good to see my in-law Eliud Kipchoge the greatest marathoner, also Abel Kirui back from Chicago, Janeth Jepkosei was there with Eunice Sum, also Ben Limo, Alfred Kirwa, and many others. Even when we left the VIP area (thanks Solo) we bumped into Olympic Champ Nancy Lagat. It was a crazy day with so many great runners.
10/13 Lunch with Lornah Kiplagat and her mom! Her mom gave us Mursiik - the Kenyan secret! Rotten milk - well cultured!
10/08 Watching the Chicago marathon with Mary Keitany and husband Charles at their house in Iten. Great race, was fun! An unknown Kenyan lady grabbed second - a room of runners and no one had heard of her despite she ran the first 25k at 2:17 pace!
10/07 Met Edna Kiplagat and Gilbert on the road in Iten! They are soon coming to the New York Marathon... and staying in America a little longer. They want to start a school in Kapkoi - we will visit soon. Edna almost won her 3rd title this year in the World Champs.09/16 Thanks to Seattle Green Lake Running Club for the 12-miles today. Great to meet the group and got to run with Jules and Kenny - trying to get everyone to come run in Kenya!
Watched an amazing Doc. on netflix called ICARUS - it was eye opening to say the least, what a superb job by Brian Fogel. Spurred on we next went on to Matthew Mc (complicated name) with Gold - another good watch. I rarely get to watch films but these two were worth the minutes.
09/12/17 Nice to meet Jesse Itzler (http://www.the100mileman.com/living-with-a-seal/) at an event Survive & Thrive, organized by Marvelous Marva and her friends up in Kent CT. Jesse used to volunteer with an Org I am affiliated with and then his staff contacted me a while ago ago about training for a 24-hr relay race... Anyway he is a great speaker; super enjoyable.
At the https://surviveandthrivetoday.com/ event there was a host of fun people doing a lot of exciting things and it all happened at an adventure park - good to meet the Tech world people of tomorrow... today!
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