Kenyan Athletics Training Academy (KATA) in Thika Kenya is a one-of-a-kind Academy.  The whole focus of those runners who live, eat, train and work at KATA is to become a professional runner or to become a better professional runner.   

Up to 20 Kenyan runners are selected (at no cost to them) to be part of the KATA program.  Additional athletes train with the KATA team but do not live at the Academy. 

Click here for information about our KATA Hunger Project

Come stay with us and enjoy our one-of-a-kind facility.


Getting ready for a race? Wanting to run a race in Kenya? Want to be trained and eat the Kenyan way? Set new PR’s.  We offer it all.


Training programs for:

1. 800m to mile

2. 5k & 10K

3. Half Marathon

4. Marathon


“Our team on site in Thika will take care of all your needs," says director/owner Bob Anderson whose passion for running runs deep. 


The Kenyan Athletics Training Academy founder is Bob Anderson (working for his office in Montain View, California USA) who also started Runner's World magazine in 1966 and built it to a readership to over two million before selling it in 1984.  


Running has always been a part of Bob Anderson's life.  He started running Feb 19, 1962.  At the age of 15 he ran a 2:08.5 880.  At the age of 53 he ran a 59:17 ten mile and in 2012 at a age of 64 Bob ran 50 races, 350.8 miles and averaged 6:59/mile.  A Long Run the movie features the event.  In 2013 he ran the Boston Marathon clocking 3:32:17 and currently at the age of 74 he is logging on average 60 miles per week (running/walking) and is able to run 10k under 8 minute/mile pace. Certainly not a world class athlete but Bob's passion for athletics runs deep. 


Bob Anderson, managing director and owner of the Academy running with some of the KATA athletes, while visiting in September, 2021.


The Kenyan Athletics Training Academy has been set up for athletes who are interested in improving, running new PR's, becoming campions and being professional runners.  There are lots of training camps in Kenya, but we are unique. We offer world-class training, quality Kenyan runner's food in a relaxed atmosphere. 


We offer training programs for 800m to 1-mile, 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra (50k and up).  We will work with you and help you achieve your goals.  Just let us know your starting point and we will go from there.


Our Kenyan Athletics Training Academy Staff: (Florence Kimiti, Academy Manager,  Elam Wangero, Team Manager,  Coach Joseph, head coach with Bob Anderson, co-owner and Managing Director working from his office in Mountain View, CA USA.  Not pictured is Catherine Anderson, co-owner and Creative Director.)

Our Staff: The Kenyan Athletics Training Academy currently has three full-time staff members working at the site in Thika.  The Academy manager is Florence Kimiti.  Team manager is Elam Wangero.  Head coach is Coach Joseph. There are also 13 athletes working and living at the Academy.  


Our webmaster and controller is Waitman Gobble working from the DR.  Bob Anderson is CEO/Founder and owner.  Catherine Anderson is co-owner and creative director.  Both working from Mountain View, California USA. 



Kenyan Athletics Training Academy Costs 
Distance Runner's Training Center
Marathon Training House

We have two types of rooms for our boarding athletes other than the Kenyan only door rooms which is covered by scholarships.  Costs includes all Kenyan-runner food, coaching, wifi and use of our facility.

  1. Private room.  One to two per room with private bathroom with shower.  One double bed.  Rooms on first floor.  Cost for non-Kenyan citizens is $1000 per month per person. Minimum stay is one month.  10% discount if you stay more than one month.  Total fees need to be paid in advance.  No refunds. 

  2. Superior room.  One to three per room with private bathroom and more space. These rooms are on the second floor. We have two of these rooms.  Cost for non-Kenyan citizens is $1500 per month per person.    


Here is what we offer up to 20 Kenyan athletes at no cost to the athlete.  Costs are covered by sponsorships and supperters   

  1. Clean comfortable living conditions in a shared room (one per bunk bed).

  2. Quality Kenyan Runner's food and drink for high performance.

  3. World class coaching aimed at each person achieving their potential.  Of course, things do not happen overnight, and it will take weeks to achieve that level based on the athlete starting point.   

  4. Inspiration is key to running well. Just being around elite runners is inspiration by itself, but we are also going to be regularly viewing races on our big screen TV in our Runner's Lounge.   

  5. Our Academy offers many comforts of living many athletes in Kenyan are not accustomed too. Wiffi, hot shower, outside courtyard, dining hall, lounge, washer and dryer, etc. The idea is that our athletes can focus on training, getting ready for a race, being a professional runner and not on “living.”

  6. All Kenyan athletes have to put in 20 hours working at our academy.  We feel that becoming a champion runner an athlete needs to do more than just train.  
  7. The Academy does not benefit financially in our athletes winning races.  Just like colleges do not benefit financial in their students becoming stars.  We do not manage athletes and KATA is not paid any part of the prize money won at races. 



General Information


All prices include all fees and taxes.  These prices also include transport (for our guests) to and from the Nairobi International Airport.


Our team is here to help make your stay an awarding and pleasant one.  Our Kenyan Athletics Training Academy is one-of-a-kind and we welcome you!  




Here is a map to our location:


For additional information email Bob Anderson at  or call Florence Kimiti at the Kenyan Athletics Training Academy in Thika, Kenya 254-729074388   Space is limited so get booked today! Click Here to reserve your spot.  


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