As we stand around eating and getting our Kenyans running back, someone says: Adharanand Finn for the Guardian In the world of ultrarunning, one race stands out as the most competitive, the Super Bowl, the London marathon of ultrarunning: This is not going to be a normal run, I realise.
Afterwards, they drink the night away, with beers at specially reduced prices and rooms booked at the hotel for those too drunk to get home. Their stories are just as compelling if people take the time to listen.
The people living down this particular backstreet, with its dusty hair salons and mango stalls, stand around in groups, agog. That is why she decided to put herself forward for the world championships. Behind comes a long line of plodding Kenyans in tracksuits and fluorescent bibs. But we seem to have lost the trail.
Everyone is wearing running kit. Share via Email The colourful streets of Nairobi. It will be a global sport only when its doors are open to everyone.
Yet, as the sport of ultrarunning grows, so do the opportunities to earn money. The first is Francis Bowen, a 2hr 8min marathon runner at his best he ran his PB in I chase after them, but as soon as I catch them, they step behind a wall and stop.
In a country full of super athletes driven by poverty, it is among the well-educated, overfed rich that I have finally managed to find some Kenyan runners slower than me. Without thanking him, we rush down it, and sure enough, there are more chalk marks.
When we find the right way, we yell "on, on" and the charge resumes. Ultrarunner Zach Miller told me he would relish the opportunity to race some top Kenyans and had invited them to train with him in Colorado.
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What is this thing you speak of, they ask? I decided to introduce them to each other. But with good natured smiles and jokes, we all file out of the carpark, on to the road, and start jogging.
The start is stirring stuff: The second is Risper Kimaiyo, who has in fact run one ultramarathon, the 50km world championship in in Qatar.
At about halfway we find a car parked with the boot open. Yet, watching it, I saw a big, red flag flying that no one else seemed to mention. Once we get back on track, returning en masse to the main road and taking a different chalk-marked side road, the same few runners hurtle off at the front again, and I stick with them.
Convincing Kenyans to take up the challenge has not been easy, but two athletes agreed to put their marathon-running aspirations on hold for a few months to see what would happen if they took to the trails.
I told one 2hr 4min marathon runner that I had run km. Everyone on the start line was white.
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Their body structure, their training regimen and traditions that teach them to stoically. And there is a cringe-inducing theory, still prevalent, that Kenyans' history as herders means they get practice running as they chase their sheep across the countryside.
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