Godfrey Kiprotich works for Kimbia Athletic Management, a company formed by Tom Ratcliffe, Dieter Hogen, and Kiprotich
Kiprotich manages the company's three-house training camp in Iten, Kenya, at 8,000 feet of altitude. Among the Kimbia runners that spend significant time training in Iten are Evans Rutto, defending London and Chicago Marathon champion; Timothy Cherigat, the 2004 Boston Marathon winner; Sammy Kipketer, the world record holder for 5K on the roads; and Paul Koech, whose PRs include 26:36 for 10,000m, 44:45 for 10 miles, and 2:07:07 for the marathon
MR: The number of runners here is astounding, and I mean runners, people who are training hard and fast. Do you have a rough estimate of how many good runners are here? Let's say as an arbitrary standard someone good enough to win money in a U.S. road race.
GK: I would say 500, and that's split half and half. What I mean is, maybe 250 who could travel to Europe today and make money running. And the same number who have that potential but can't get the opportunity to show it, maybe because they don't have the right manager, or they have a bad coach or no coach and their training isn't what it should be, or they lack facilities. [Note: In Kenyan running jargon, 'facilities' can mean good shoes, running gear, watches, etc.] I've witnessed them training on the track, or guys who can keep up with our guys, and I ask them what they're doing, what they're training for, and they've never been out of Iten.