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The Kalenjin of Kenya

Updated on April 27, 2015

Have you ever heard of 'kalenjin' tribe in Kenya?

Whenever you think of marathon championships,then think of the kalenjin group

Originally a sub-group of the Nilotes,immigrants of Southern Sudan

They migrated to Kenya as nilotes in general but later separated,river lake nilotes settling in the Nyanza province,plain nilotes who are the maasai settling in northern part of Rift valley province and finally the highland nilotes who are the kalenjins settling in productive parts of Rift valley province

Kalenjin is a diverse and peaceful community who can freely and warmly accomodate visitors and other communities and races

The ethnic group has also produced uncountable,out-spoken,eloquent and influencial leaders.To name a few;The second president of Kenya Daniel Arap Moi,the current deputy president William Samoei Ruto

You might wonder why i'm telling you all these.It is just to bring out the picture that the place natures all talents

In just concluded olympic marathon,Kenya took the first four slots.Meaning that they dominated the race.This leaves many people with several unanswered questions

Well,i would like to answer some.

It is not only the training they acquire from their mentors but also a special,unique lanscape.

In a place called Iten,there are serene slopes and valleys which provides a cool environment and a focused mind

There are many experienced and expertees coaches who are ready to brighten one's dream and make it valid

The support from the government is also a key factor.It invests large amount of funds in sports.This motivates the athletes hence they shine globally

If you didn't know,then now you know

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