At an altitude of 2000m on the high plateaux of West Kenya, a place called Eldoret is the home of the Kalenjins. The name ‘Kalenji’ is a reference to this tribe.
They represent barely 3 million people, or ten percent of the Kenyan population.
Runners from the beginning
As an ancient nomadic tribe; running has been part of their lives throughout their history. At one time it was a mean of survival by escaping rival tribes. Their children run 15km each day: the kilometers mount up running to and from school, without noticing it they start running soon after taking their first steps. Now considered as a sport, running was also important to the youth of the tribe as an important stage in their life: by catching an antelope they attained / obtained the status of an adult.
An original training approach
Less training, more rest phases but more variations in tempo. They run according to what feels right and in harmony with the countryside. They force less speed and heart rate constraints on themselves. They rarely run on a track, yet always as a group and with a smile.
Run for pleasure with KALENJI
"Running is man's most natural sport. You do it from your childhood with pleasure among friends, nobody teaches you how to run, running comes from instinct. However, running is often seen as an intense experience, sometimes violent both for the body and the spirit."
This experience should not bring suffering but instead a moment of pleasure. It is important to run at your rhythm: as dictated by your body, not by your mind, the rhythm where you feel at balance.
With the running passion brand KALENJI, it's this style of running we wish to promote and develop, and it's with this new approach to running that we want to encourage participation.
Making the pleasure of running accessible to everyone, awakening and developing the desire to practice this sport.
Every runner has different constraints according to stride type and running style. KALENJI products are designed to allow runners of all levels to move on to a free style of running and bring about a new way of running: running with / for pleasure.
Come and join the "last free tribe", one that runs for pleasure not suffering, where feelings count more than results, where runners choose their own paths and aren’t held back. With a light stride, those who run let their body and spirit soar, and they are free.
Find your rhythm, enjoy your run
Angélique Thibault, Manager Kalenji