I recently went to Iten for a month moreso just to see and experience the culture than for the altitude as I'm nowhere at the level to be squeezing out time from ancillary benefits.
What suprised me the most was the attitude of the Kenyan athletes to people slower than them and how it differs from America. These dudes were legitimate world class runners and were everywhere but their humility was in stark contrast to anything I see back home. I met Ronald Kwemoi out one evening and he said to come out and train with him the next day. I met him that morning and jogged the first few miles at a pedestrian pace with him before he started to light the afterburners and picked up the pace. He noticed I was dropped and dropped back from the group to run with me but I told him to go ahead which he did. As I was finishing the run, who did I see standing on the side of the road but Ronald waiting for me to get back. I'm 2 minutes slower than him at 3000m but I was accepted into the group like I was an elite athlete. There was no 'I'm better than you' atitude among the whole group of the very best runners in the World.
Arrive back in home and you are greeted by the local 5k 'stud' 15 flat guy walking around like he's hot $h!t and looking down his nose at anyone slower. The typical road runner here looks at their running as some kind of social class. These would be usually branded as elitist snobs by some but that's not a good description, elite athletes have humility and are secure in themselves to not think like that so all that's left to label people with this atitude is snobs and the running community is full of them.