Kip Keino and the Kenyan Community
I just spent the last 47 minutes watching perhaps one of the most inspiring documentaires I’ve ever seen – at least in my opinion. Being that today is Friday, I went to YouTube in search of some motivational videos. Apparently YouTube is already two steps ahead of me and recommended the documentary Run…
Run... is a documentary about my two favorite things – running and kindness. It features the Kenyan Kip Keino who basically started the Kenyan running revolution. Before he won the gold medal in 1968 at the Mexico City Olympics, Kenyan runners weren’t really on the running map. After he won his gold medal, running became engrained in the Kenyan culture.
Perhaps the biggest thing I took away from the film was the fact that no matter how much money or how famous a Kenyan runner becomes, he or she always goes back to their community to do good things. These athletes build schools, build training facilites, build orphanages – whatever they can do to help the Kenyan people. Just to give you an example, Kip Keino and his wife have personally help raise 150 children, they have built an elementary school and they have helped build the first high school in their community. As Brother Colm O’Connel (Coach of the top 100 Kenyan athletes) puts it, these athletes are role models, with a role to play within their individual communities. They are a friend, an equal, each trying to do their part to help those around them.
If you have 47 minutes, please watch it:
And on a side note, I received my workouts for the next three weeks from my coach today. These next few months are going to be challenging but I am SO ready to do this! Training starts on Monday.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,