THE KENYAN TRAINING EXPERIENCE
Why are Kenyans so good? Do they have some special running secrets?
Since the 1960s, the nation of Kenya has dominated the distance events in track & field and the marathon. These statistics are even more pronounced when one also considers their annual domination of the highest level of international competition in the IAAF World Cross Country Meet.
Some people believe that Kenyan runners are naturally FAST due to their genetics or environment. Yes, that can play a role, but in reality it is because Kenyans approach their training with pure intention. The Kenyan method of training is often better, harder and more crystallized than the rest of the world. Did you know that Kenyans are not the ONLY fast runners; any runner from ANYWHERE can be as good as Kenyans! YOU CAN BE AS FAST AS A KENYAN. Come learn the Kenyan way of training and take your running to another level! This running clinic is dedicated to giving runners a running experience that help them understand the approach which has made Kenyans the dominant distance runners in international competitions.
This running clinic outlines the four characteristics of Kenyan training which serve as an outline that guide Kenyan training: Simplicity, Focus, Belief, and Togetherness. Use this Kenyan training experience to develop practical and specific methods for you to use in your day-to-day, week-to-week training to push yourself beyond what you think you are capable of. You will be amazed at what YOU CAN DO!
Where will this Running Clinic be held?
1. Tennessee Location: April 20-21, 2013 - Johnson University - Knoxville, TN
Johnson University, located in South Knoxville, will be the site for a Kenyan Running Camp, on 20-21 April 2013. Cost of Camp $35 1-day, $50 weekend; 7 members of team $150 1-day fee, $300 weekend fee- $20 additional per team member. Instruction for camp begins at 1:30 -8:30 on 20 Apr 2013 at 5K Race Site (Change). Expanded classrooms located in the Administration Building will be used if necessary due to inclement weather. On 21 April, camp or running clinic begins at 0800-1600. Runners will start Sunday session with 5 mile shake-out run.
Highlighted runner and World Record Holder Daniel Komen (2-Miile & 3K), will be present providing instruction. He is the only person ever to have run 2 miles in under 8 minutes. He ran the 1st mile in 3:59.4, exactly the same time that Roger Bannister ran when he broke the first sub 4 minute mile back in 1954, but continued to run the 2nd mile in under 4 minutes as well to set a new record of 7:58.61 for 2 miles.
He also ran a time of 7:20.67 for the 3000 metres in Italy in 1996, beating the previous record by a huge 4.5 seconds. What makes this even more remarkable is that he had run a 5 km race in 13:02 in Berlin just 2 days earlier. That 3000m time still stands to this day.
David Cheromei, NAIA National Champion, holder of 10 National records and member of Virginia Intermont's 3X National Championship Team, National Elite 3K Steeplechase Runner and Olympic standard Qualifier, will be delivering instruction through his "Train With Kenyans" Program. David's sister is Lydia Cheromei who won the World XC Championships at age 14. David's cousin, Paul Tergat, held the WR in the marathon. Opportunities for photos and autographs with Daniel Komen, David Cheromei and other national elites will be at the end of camp.
Take Exit 398 (Strawberry Plains Exit)- I-40-and follow green signs to Johnson University. Race site is beside tennis courts left of main gate. Registration on day of race will be at pavillion by tennis courts from 0700-0900.
On 20 April there will be a 5K Race "Fast 5K Cow Race" starting at 0930 (1-mile kids race), 1000 (high school race) and 1045 (Open/Elite race). Starting Official: Daniel Komen. Cost for race: $20, $25 day of race. Kids 12 and under $10, $15 day of race. Funds received from race will be used to purchase a cow for an orphanage in Kenya. For those interested in attending the camp or running clinic, this race will be used as a time trial.
Where to stay
Are you from out of town? You can call and make a reservation for the following hotels:
Let them know that you are part of “Train with Kenyan” group at Johnson University so they can give you a group rate/discount
Knoxville Strawberry Plains
7210 Saddle Rack St
Konxville, TN 37914
Hapton Inn Knoxville-East,TN
7445 Sawyer Lane
Knoxville, TN 37924
What to bring?
- Brown Bag for Lunch or eat at the campus or nearby restaurant
- A pen and a note book
- Running gear including training shoes
- If you would like autographs from Kenyan runners including the world record holder Daniel Komen, please bring the items with you which you would like be signed (or you can purchase a Train with Kenyans t-shirt and have it signed!).
Items available for sale
- Inspirational Kenyan T-shirts
- Kenyan handmade items
- Train with Kenyans training programs and manuals
2013 FAST 5K COW RUN
2013 Fast 5K Cow Run will be held Saturday, April 20th at Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee. This is a charity race to purchase a cow and other basic needs for the needy/orphan children of Kenya and to benefit GOGCP Children’s Ministries. This race is also used as the official time trial for Train with Kenyans Running Camp held at Johnson University on April 20-21st, 2013 with David Cheromei (National NAIA Champion and Olympic Qualifier 3K Steeplechase) and Daniel Komen (World Record 2-Mile, 3K and 5K). Train with Kenyans Running Camp also serves as a fund raising event for Grace of God Children’s Project.
CHILDREN UP TO AGE 12 - $10.00 ($15.00 on Day of Race)
AGES 13 AND UP AND ADULTS - $20.00 ($25.00 on Day of Race)
$35 (1-day), $50 (2-day) per runner
$150 per team of 7 ($20 per additional runner) 1-day fee
$300 per team of 7 ($20 per additional runner) 2-day fee
Please contact us if you would like to raise funds or make a donation in place of an entry fee.
Meals for Camp: Brown Bag
Race day registration is at the pavilion near tennis courts (Johnson University) adjacent to course
Race Course: The course is flat and fast, with rolling hills. Get your official personal best. Some of our elite runners will be running. Fast times expected! Official timing services through Slipstream Timing.
“The Biggest, Most Unique and Fastest 5k race in town”
Awards: Top three overall individual winners
Age groups (Overall winners not eligible for age division awards)
Awards follow after the race at 10:45AM
Please make checks payable to (Sorry no refunds): Grace of God Children’s Project
Bring the entry form with with you. Do not Mail
For more info please contact David Cheromei 276-698-7612 email@example.com or
Bill Lynn 865-243-7114 firstname.lastname@example.org
Schedule of events:
7:00AM to 9:00AM - Registration
9:30AM – 12 and Under Race (1 Mile)
10:00AM – High School Race (5K)
10:45AM – Elite/Open 5K COW Run (5K)
1:30 PM-Running Clinic Begins
• Meet with the fastest human on earth in 2 miles and 3K (indoor and Outdoor)- Daniel Komen
• Discuss the various reasons for Kenyan distance runner dominance
• Establish the four Kenyan Training Values
• Introduce Kenyan Training Characteristics
• The Kenyan Racing Skills
• Introduce the top Kenyan training methods
• Explain the importance lifestyles for athletes
• Introduce the common Kenyan food for runners
• Introduce the Kenyan mental approach to running
• Introduce the proper running form demonstrated by various Kenyan elite athlete and etc.
All proceeds benefit Grace of God Children's Project(www.graceofgodchildren.org)
Set no limits...Do not stop dreaming...Take running to the next level..Try the Kenyan way of training!
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