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High Altitude Training Centre

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High Altitude Training Centre

Venue Details

Name:High Altitude Training Centre
Location:Iten, Kenya

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The High Altitude Training Centre (HATC) is located on the outskirts of Iten in the Rift Valley province, Kenya. Iten is 2,400metres above sea level, 35km north east of Eldoret and 350 km north of Nairobi.  

HATC is open to anyone from recreational to Olympic level and runners, mountain bikers, triathletes and sports tourists are all welcomed.

The centre is operational all year round. The rainy season is usually April/May and August/September but recently the centre has operated during these months without interruption. The temperatures throughout the year remain between 20°C - 28°C.'

The Beginning


Iten was the home of Irish Patrician Brother, Colm O'Connell who worked at the local St. Patricks High School. Finding that many of his pupils had a talent for running he began organising running camps.

Iten became the home of the Kenyan middle and long distance runners such as Wilson Kipsang (former world record holder for the marathon and London marathon champion), Abel Kirui (2x world champion, marathon), David Rudisha (world record holder and Olympic champion 800m), Florence Kiplagat (world record holder, half marathon), Edna Kiplagat (2x world champion, marathon), Mary Keitany (world champion for half marathon, winner London marathon), Asbel Kiprop (Olympic champion 1500m).

The Founder


HATC was founded by 4 times World Champion, Lornah Kiplaget in 2000. Lornah competed for the Netherlands in 3 consecutive Olympic Games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.



By Air; Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi (NBO) is an international airport and receives flights from all over the world.

Transfers; From Jomo Kenyatta International Airport you fly to Eldoret in about 45 minutes or use the local bus service which will take about 5 hours.





Standard rooms;
Twin or triple with en-suite showers and adjacent grassed area for relaxing.

Deluxe rooms;
Single or twin with en-suite showers, a desk and dark curtain lining to help rest periods.

Lounge area;
This area has free access to Wi-Fi, Satellite TV and coffee making facilities. There is also a library area where books can be swapped between guests.



All meals are prepared on site and the catering staff will provide vegetarian meals if required. All meals are buffet style and refreshments are available between meals. Produce comes from HATC's own organic farm.

Training Facilities



There are miles of dirt roads available leading directly from the centre. There is also a near-by 400 metre track.

The dirt roads are a welcome respite to injury-prone legs, are great for low impact sessions or shorter recovery runs. Although Iten is in the Rift Valley, there are no mountains to contend with. The terrain is mainly undulating with some small hills and longer, more challenging slopes.

Mountain Biking


Routes are available from the centre, many of which will take you through the breathing taking scenery of the Rift Valley and beyond. Alternatively, you will be able to use MTB specific training courses.



There is a 25m heated outdoor pool which can be used for both recreation and training.

Aqua-jogging belts and floats are available for use.

The swimming pool is free to use for all guests staying at HATC. Visitors can pay a small daily fee to use the pool.



The gym is stocked with weight machines and free weights, cross trainers, static bikes and ample floor space for core stability exercises and stretching.

On Site Clinic


The in-house physiotherapists have all been trained by the well-known Physical Therapist, Gerard Hartman. Treatment rooms can be hired if you are travelling with your own physiotherapist.

The on-site clinic also offers sports massages and has two saunas.

There is a local hospital and HATC have good contacts with several hospitals in Eldoret. Please check what vaccinations are necessary before you travel.


In House Coaching


The club coach will help you with training advice and a training schedule, no matter your level, at an additional charge, depending upon your needs. HATC can also arrange for local athletes to act as pace makers or guides.

The HATC gym instructors run 3 Core Stability, Strengthening and Stretching sessions a week. These are free to attend for HATC guests.



  • Gavin is an experienced coach who has worked with athletes at all levels of his sport. He gained international experience working as Renato Canova's assistant in Kenya and was instrumental in the preparation of Kenyan Elite runners for major international competitions.

    Training Camps

    Training Camps


    For details of scheduled training camps and opening dates, please click on the "Visit Website" tab at the top of the page


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    Reviewed by Peter
    On 28-Mar-2017 08:1:10

    Comments:  I spent 5 weeks here and absolutely loved it. The staff are great, accommodation (I was in standard room) was great (good shower) and the food was delicious. Pool was a godsend after a long workout.
    Reviewed by Steve
    On 28-Mar-2017 07:1:37

    Comments:  Amazing place to train! Will be back as soon a possible!
    Reviewed by Al-kari
    On 28-Mar-2017 07:1:00

    Comments:  It is a nice place to be. The environment and its people are welcoming.
    Reviewed by Oliver
    On 28-Mar-2017 07:1:09

    Comments:  I love the Camp. My second home ;) Getuye
    Reviewed by Runn All
    On 28-Mar-2017 07:1:28

    Comments:  good job ... good luck all ...wish you & me succeed
    Reviewed by Godfrey
    On 28-Mar-2017 07:1:26

    Comments:  Excellent place its a little Europe my friend
    Reviewed by Oliver
    On 28-Mar-2017 07:1:46

    Comments:  Keep doing what your are doing. The world needs more of your work!
    Reviewed by Nasser Moosawi
    On 24-Mar-2016 19:0:25

    Comments:  via Twitter - @nmoosawi "Just finished running camp @HATCIten #Kenya. A must for any serious runner" https://t.co/RwKAYW0Cna