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Iten - capital of marathon running - opens a new tartan track

by Editor
Thursday 20th February 2014

Photo gallery: Kenya, for runners, is synonymous with marathon running. Altitude and the company of some of the fastest endurance runners in the world have made Iten the Mecca for distance runners

Click the 'Gallery' button above to view a selection of photos from Iten

Last month Mo Farah, along with women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, visited Iten for the official opening of the Lornah Kiplagat Sports Academy’s new tartan track, and we just had to share the photos from Iten.

Photos © Mike King

The London Marathon are among the financiers of the new tartan track. The funding of the track forms part of the London Marathon's ongoing commitment to help fulfill one of its founding objectives, to improve the overall standard and status of British distance running. The synthetic track will be a first-class training facility and will be available to British runners who attend the British Athletics London Marathon Altitude Programme winter endurance camps.

Farah, due to make his marathon debut at the London Marathon on April 13, praised the camps for helping him prepare for the London Olympics, at which he won 5,000 metres and 10,000m gold.

Below is Al Jazeera's reports from Iten:

The elite field for the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon was also unveiled in Kenya! (Men's field HERE, women's field HERE)


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