In Iten, a Kenyan town producing world-class runners, the murder of a famous Olympian has led to a reckoning with gender-based violence.
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.
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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.