Raising champions: The Kenyan town where female athletes are fighting to win on and off the track

Renowned for their stamina, strength and speed, Kenyan runners have won 34 Olympic gold medals and countless marathons. Many train in Iten, a rural town in the high altitudes of the Rift Valley.

Situated among acres of maize fields and pine trees, with cool air and endless dirt trails, Iten is a runner’s dream, attracting athletes from around the world. Aspiring professional athletes train in camps dotted across the town, running in large packs from early morning.

While Iten has been lauded as the perfect training ground, the recent killing of world record holder Agnes Tirop shocked many, exposing Kenya’s issues with gender-based violence.

In this episode of A Sense of Community, a four-part series about the challenges unique neighbourhoods around the world face, we meet the Kenyan female athletes chasing glory – while seeking to upend the status quo.

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Credits:
Episode Producers: Michael Onyiego, Aun Qi Koh, Rael Ombuor
Creator and Series Producer: Drew Ambrose
Cinematographers: Craig Hansen, Michael Onyiego
3rd Unit Camera: Hasham Cheema
Drone Operators (Iten): Qip Photography, Big Lenses Studio, Boen Kiprop
Drone Operator (Nairobi): Klein Nettoh
Graphics: Marc Keke Robertson
Music: Vicki Hansen
Picture Editor: Adrian Billing
Digital Producer: Hasham Cheema
Cover Art: Row Yow
Production Manager: Susanna Low
Senior Producer: Liz Gooch
Supervising Producer: Nick Olle
Executive Producer: Sharon Roobol

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