Running with the Kenyans Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth

Running with the Kenyans: Passion, Adventure, and the Secrets of the Fastest People on Earth.

Whether running is a hobby or a religion for you, Adharanand Finn’s incredible journey to Kenya’s elite training camps will captivate and inspire you as he sets out to discover the secrets of the world’s fastest people. Finn’s enthralling quest combines a new perspective on barefoot running, practical advice on the sport, and the realization of a lifelong dream: running alongside his heroes. Finn relocated his family of five to a small, chaotic town in Kenya’s Rift Valley province—a mecca for long-distance runners due to its high altitude, endless paths, and some of the world’s best training schools. Finn would run alongside Olympic champions, promising young athletes, and barefoot schoolchildren, and meet an unforgettable cast of characters. Finn would learn invaluable lessons about running—and about life—as he faced the daily challenges of training and raising a family abroad.

With the author’s new Afterword

“Completely satisfying, as well-paced and exhilarating as a good run.”—The Boston Globe

“Not everyone gets to heaven in their lifetime. Adharanand Finn tried to run there, and succeeded. Running with the Kenyans is a great read.”—Bernd Heinrich, author of Why We Run

“Part scientific study, travel memoir, and tale of self-discovery, Finn’s journey makes for a smart and entertaining read.”—Publishers Weekly

“A hymn to the spirit, to the heartbreaking beauty of tenacity, to the joy of movement.”—The Plain Dealer