“A dusty road
stretches into the distance like a pencil line across the arid landscape.
Lions, rhino, and buffalo roam the plains on either side. But I haven’t come to
Kenya to spot wildlife. I’ve come to run.”
Whether running is your recreation, your religion, or
just a spectator sport, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to the elite
training camps of Kenya will captivate and inspire you. Part travelogue, part
memoir, this mesmerizing quest to uncover the secrets of the world’s greatest
runners—and put them to the test—combines practical advice, a fresh look at
barefoot running, and hard-won spiritual insights.
As a boy growing up in the English countryside,
Adharanand Finn was a natural runner. While other kids struggled, he breezed
through schoolyard races, imagining he was one of his heroes: the Kenyan
long-distance runners exploding into prominence as Olympic and world champions.
But as he grew up, pursued a career in journalism, married and had children,
those childhood dreams slipped away—until suddenly, in his mid-thirties, Finn
realized he might have only one chance left to see how far his talents could
Uprooting his family of five, including three small
children, Finn traveled to Iten, a small, chaotic town in the Rift Valley
province of Kenya—a mecca for long-distance runners thanks to its high
altitude, endless running paths, and some of the top training schools in the
world. Finn would run side by side with Olympic champions, young hopefuls, and
barefoot schoolchildren…not to mention the exotic—and sometimes
dangerous—wildlife for which Kenya is famous.
Here, too, he would meet a cast of colorful characters,
including his unflappable guide, Godfrey Kiprotich, a former half marathon
champion; Christopher Cheboiboch, one of the fastest men ever to run the New
York City Marathon; and Japhet, a poor, bucktoothed boy with unsuspected
reservoirs of courage and raw speed. Amid the daily challenges of training and
of raising a family abroad, Finn would learn invaluable lessons about
running—and about life.
Running with the
Kenyans is more than one man’s pursuit of a lifelong dream. It’s a
fascinating portrait of a magical country—and an extraordinary people seemingly
born to run. Download and start listening now!