Iten is a tiny rural town located in the heart of Great Rift Valley province in Kenya. It has a population of 4000. The nearest major town is Eldoret.
Iten claim to fame is production of world beating athletes. Some of the talent who horned their talent on the earth roads of Iten include the world 800m record holder, Wilson Kipketer (Denmark), Bernard Lagat (USA), former Olympic 3000m champion Mathews Birir, former Commonwealth 800m champion Japheth Kimutai, the Chirchir brothers—Cornelius and William, former world 3000m steeplechase record holder and champion, Boit Kipketer, former world 10,000m champion, Sally Barsosio and former Olympic 1500m champion Peter Rono.
Iten High Altitude.
Iten lies between 8000 – 9000 ft above sea level. High enough to boost oxygen-carrying capacity, but not so high that it’s impossible to run quickly.
Iten Weather / Climate
According to a writer who has visited the area. The climate is also perfect for running: It’s seldom colder than 50 degrees or hotter than 80 degrees, it’s never humid, and there are 12 hours of daylight throughout the year.
Famous Training Camps In Iten
St Patrick High Iten
This is the oldest camp in the area: Opened its doors in the 1970s. It is run by an Irish Catholic Priest A.K.A Coach Colm O?onnel, a burly man who admits he has never worked out. This is a no frills camp targeting local teens. The teens get education plus coaching.
This one targets foreign athletes. It has all amenities of a modern training camp: Clean accommodation, a gym plus sauna. For more details, see official website.