About us

Running camps Kenya has been around since 2012. Our founder, Mark, has been in Kenya for the last 20+ years and is connected to the local running community since early 2000’s.

For a long time he felt the urge to do something back to the community that he has been involved in since a young age. In 2012 he decided to take action and open the doors for all international runners who want to experience the magical Kenyan running scene themselves.

From our offices in the Netherlands and Kenya we manage an experienced team of officially licensed IAAF / World Athletics Kenyan trainers, coaches, guides and pacemakers. Our team consists of locals only and this way we can support the local community by providing them work. 

Our team ensures that everything is arranged perfectly and is there throughout the camp to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Meet our team



Camp Manager / Coach

Richard has been active as an athlete for many years. He has run races in the USA and Europe. In addition, he has been the regular training partner of Lornah Kiplagat. 

Richard has more than 20 years of experience and it’s his passion to share his knowledge and insights with others.


Head Guide / Pacemaker

Where would we be without Reuben? He knows all the routes / paths / trails / roads in and around Iten. He is your daily guide and makes sure you don’t get lost while running and enjoying the beautiful nature in Iten.

Reuben has years of experience as a runner and is able to assist runners from all levels. Reuben is locally known by his nicname ”Bekele’. 



Founder / Reservations

Mark plans the running camps and takes care of the reservations / bookings. He has a wealth of experience about Iten and Kenya and can, therefore provide you with all the advice you need. 

Questions about Kenya, Iten, traveling, training, excursions, safaris, you name it. Let us know and Mark will get in touch with you shortly. 


Ayenza Matthews


Ultra Runner & Certified Coach in Track & Field Level 1, Long Distance Running & Cross Country by USATF and RRCA. Accomplished the Abbott World Majors and featured in ESPN -Run. Lived the Running Camps Kenya experience first hand while stayed with us for long period of time. Knows the training routes, the in and out of Iten daily life and what training is all about.

What others have to say about us

I made many new friends during the running camp. Kenya, what a great country. I can recommend this camp to everyone. Friendly staff, good accommodation and beautiful running trails. The food is simple at times, but healthy and nutritious.



I joined this camp to gain more experience and prepare myself for Boston marathon. Everything in Iten is about running. I received good advice from the trainers and loved the interaction with other runners. A mix of people from all over the world with a passion for running. The running camp is absolutely fantastic.''



Absolutely wonderful experience, I enjoyed everything about the camp and the running scene in Iten.

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This was the first time I traveled to Africa. The team helped me planning my trip and answered all my questions. The camp made huge positive impression on me. It was amazing to be running in a totally different surrounding. Thank you for everything!