A lot of interesting insights into the Japanese running culture why Kenyans are attracted to it and how they sometimes struggle to adjust.
Former world half-marathon silver medalist Bedan Karoki says, “Working for a running company is much better compared to working with a manager who may abandon you or swindle you of your money. In Japan, they cater for everything you need including accommodation and food on top of the salary you earn. It is a profitable venture."
One of them is 39-year old Oneil Williams, who according to the article has been training in Kenya for 8-years but only has a 2:29 marahton pb?
Many have put their training on hold as working from 8 am to 4 pm for less than $4 isn't easy.
Ejore is the PAC 12 favorite, but five years ago she graduated high school in Kenya never having run a race.
Like lottery winners in the US, some Kenyan runners who "hit it big" with a major marathon win and payday still eventually find themselves right back in poverty.
Kenyans use running to escape poverty and gain a fortune, but with no education on how to manage their wealth, many can end up right back where they started.
“It is not about the finances. The people who had shown interest in the race had not prepared themselves to run,” he added.
Back in 2013, Manangoi ran 46.5 to finish 4th at the Kenyan national championships, but frustrated at not making the World team he skipped right up to the 1500 and made the Commonwealth Games the next year in only his third race.
Retired, he's a fixture at athletics meets when he's not working on his dairy farm.