The Sport & Recreation Camp
In the small village of Kiambogo, around 80 km north-west of Nairobi on the slopes of the Great Rift Valley at an altitude of 2,400 m, the construction of the heart of our project – the “run2gether Mount Longonot Sport & Recreation Camp“ – took place in the period from January to July 2010.
Designed by Johannes Friessnig, a student architect at the Technical University of Graz, Austria and constructed under the management of James Kariuki assisted by up to 100 workers from the region, a centre was built that in many ways is unparalleled.
Accommodation for up to 30 Kenyan athletes and for six European guests in double rooms, as well as a club office with reception, a large terrace, a dining area with associated kitchen and with sanitary facilities in a separate block.
The guests can choose between a Kikuyu, Kalenjin or Maasai house and live in the rooms that are constructed according to the local traditions and furnished with original pieces from the respective tribes. It is not a luxury hotel but a well-kept, clean, peacefully situated and safe accommodation with a fantastic view from the beds or the terrace of each individual room.
The majority of the provisions for the centre will – depending on the rains – be cultivated on the grounds of the centre. Guests are welcome to take part in the preparation of the food, or just look on while the kitchen staff does the work.
Our European guests can expect no holiday in the conventional sense, nor a training camp like all the others, but instead a fantastic experience offering the opportunity to combine running training with as many safaris as you wish, and with a unique combination of social and cultural experiences in getting to know a very different country and culture to that in Europe. In this respect, a stay at the centre is also well-suited to non-runners too who wish to find a peaceful refuge away from the stress of everyday life, or who are interested in learning more about the life of Kenyan athletes or experiencing Kenya’s impressive nature and landscape at first hand on one of the many different safaris available.
The coordinates of the Sports Centre: Latitude 0°52’10.31″S; Longitude 36°31’42.47″E