Your Training Partners
Micah Kiplagat Samoei: His experience from the running camps in 2008, 2009 and 2010 at Hebalm and Turracherhöhe means that Samoei is our ‘professional’ in terms of looking after our guests and knows just about everything. In addition, his running career has really taken off and he is always successful in his many races (3rd at the Kärntenläuft race, course record at Villach City Run etc.). He won the half-marathon distance at the Mainz Marathon in 2009 while successfully acting as pacemaker for the marathon distance. He is really looking forward to meeting old friends from previous running camps and also to getting to know new guests in the summer.
Geoffrey Gikuni Ndung’u: Our star runner with personal bests of 61:12 for the half-marathon (November 2009) and 2.11.30 for the marathon set at St. Wendel on 2 May 2010. In summer 2008 and 2009, he took part in numerous races in Austria with great success including victory in 2009 in the Großglockner Mountain Race in a new course record. Being able to train shoulder to shoulder with him is a very special opportunity and every single guest at our running camps will be able to benefit from this! In summer 2010 he will be training at Hebalm in the period 19.7. to 22.8.
Isaak Toroitich Kosgei: One of the fastest runners in our team who was able to celebrate major victories in 2009 and 2010 at mountain races and the Kärntenläuft race. He impressed many people with his win as the king of the Großglockner Mountain Race in 2010 and also his victory at the Salomon Running Tour. His helpful manner and efforts to look after every single guest sets him apart. His experience will once again be at the service of our running camp guests.
Elvis Kipruto Maiyo: Only 22 years old but already one of the strongest runners on our team and definitely one of the biggest talents. In 2009 and 2010 he was already to be seen on the podium at a number of races, but he will certainly be in the top positions even more often in the future.
Stephen Kiarie Ndung’u: The deputy chairman of our partner club “run2gether International Sports” won over many guests last summer with his cheerful and encouraging manner. His warmth and aptitude to motivate our guests on the training runs are unparalleled and he is really looking forward to next summer’s running camps.
Janeth Jepkosgei Kimugung: The female representative on our summer team who looks in particular after our female guests and the younger participants at the running camps. She always has time to listen, assists in the kitchen whenever it is needed and contributes significantly to the good atmosphere at the camps.
Christopher Kipchirchir Chebusit: Despite coming from a very poor background and having to train under extremely difficult conditions in Nairobi, he has demonstrated his running ability in 2010 in above all mountain races. In his traditional Maasai costume, (he is a Kalenjjin, but comes from Narok on the border of the Maasai territory) our guests have the feeling that they really are in Kenya.
Philip Kipgurgat Yiego: He only joined our team in summer 2010 but within just a few weeks had become a very important part of our guest support team. On the one hand his fantastic race results where he was always good enough to fight for victory even in the face of the strongest competition, but also as a very special entertaining companion. Whoever has the pleasure of spending a relaxing evening with Yiego, either listening to him in conversation or playing the guitar, will not forget it so quickly.
Peter Chege Wangari: Like Gikuni he comes from Kiambogo and is one of our new, young generation of athletes. In summer 2010 he posted a very fine performance at the Großglockner Mountain Race (7th place some way ahead of the best Austrian runner) and his previous career as a teacher is also a noticeable benefit when he is looking after our guests.
Ursula Kadan: 23-years old, and the star athlete of the orienteering section of TV Fürstenfeld; Austrian champion in 2007 and 2010 over the sprint distance, and in 2008, after her six month stay in Kenya, Austrian champion over the ultra-long distance as well as the middle and long distances. During her stay in Kenya from September 2007 to February 2008, besides her ‘professional’ approach to training, Ursi also worked in a children’s home which gave her stay in Kenya an important social component too. At the running camps, Ursi will keep an eye out for the younger participants in particular and if necessary can help as an interpreter between our Kenyan athletes and Austrian guests should any communication problems arise.
Thomas Krejci: A member of the Austrian national orienteering team for almost 20 years, 14-time Austrian champion and top positions at several world championships (4th and 5th at the World Student Championships in 2000, 13th at the World Championships in 2003, 2nd at Stadt-Orientierungslaufweltcup 1997) Youth team trainer as well as chairman of the orienteering section of TV Fürstenfeld for a number of years, and from 2009 chairman of the run2gether running club and initiator of the run2gether project.