A Sense of Community: Iten

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.

  • Michael Onyiego
    Episode Producer
  • Aun Qi Koh
    Episode Producer
  • Rael Ombuor
    Episode Producer
  • Drew Ambrose
    Creator and Series Producer
  • Craig Hansen
  • Michael Onyiego
  • Hasham Cheema
    3rd Unit Camera
  • Qip Photography
    Drone Operator (Iten)
  • Big Lenses Studio
    Drone Operator (Iten)
  • Boen Kiprop
    Drone Operator (Iten)
  • Klein Nettoh
    Drone Operator (Nairobi)
  • Marc Keke Robertson
  • Vicki Hansen
  • Adrian Billing
    Picture Editor
  • Hasham Cheema
    Digital Producer
  • Row Yow
    Cover Art
  • Susanna Low
    Production Manager
  • Liz Gooch
    Senior Producer
  • Nick Olle
    Supervising Producer
  • Sharon Roobol
    Executive Producer
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  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 3, 2022
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    English, Swahili
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