STRIVE students will lodge two or three to a room at the High Altitude Training Centre (HATC). Each room has its own private bathroom and shower with hot water. The center has a library, state of the art gym, and sauna on-site. It also boasts a recently installed a 25 meter heated swimming pool and basketball court. Within the facility grounds is a restaurant where all HATC guests have their breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are prepared by an on-site chef and include vegetables, beans, some meat, and often ugali, a staple of East African diets made with cornmeal. The chefs do their best to accommodate western palates, as Kenyan food is much simpler than many Americans are used to, but participants must be prepared to eat very differently than they do at home. The HATC is located directly next to the local police station and about one kilometer from the local track, where you will have the opportunity to work out next to the likes of David Rudisha. The town of Iten is a very rural, quiet community where foreign visitors are welcomed. Curious children are thrilled to watch you running (or walking) by and may often join you for a few minutes. Even US elites, like Olympian Ryan Hall have spent long periods training at the HATC. To quote Hall,
“[One] aspect of the trip that exceeded my already high expectations was staying at Lornah Kiplagat’s High Altitude Training Center in Iten. Not only were the rooms spacious and the food great—and the tea even better—but the gym, pool, and WiFi internet were a step above the rest. Plus I really enjoyed my day to day interactions with the staff. To my mind, it’s the people that make all the difference.”
Student athletes will spend only one night in Nairobi, immediately following their arrival in Kenya. The comfortable hotel will serve as a welcome resting place for students after a long day of travel before they begin their adventures. Students will sleep 2-3 to a room and leave in the morning for Iten.
During the Masai Mara safari, lodging will be in a permanent style tent/structure. Two students share each tent, furnished with raised beds with mattresses and full bedding. Each tent also has its own bathroom and shower. The camp is powered with a generator; hours of electricity are limited to mornings and evenings. Hot water is only intermittently available.
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