Kenyan Athletics Training Academy (KATA) in Thika Kenya welcomes runners of all abilities from around the world.  Come stay with us and be coached the Kenyan way.

In-Person Training at the Academy (Be coached the Kenyan Way our all inclusive package includes housing, food, training and use of facilities)

KATA Fresh Farms is being set up near Embu to support KATA
"One of the major expenses we have at KATA is food," says managing director Bob Anderson. "Also since we want to garantee KATA will be a long term project, sustainability is very important to us.  This is why we have leased two acres of land just 15 minutes from Embu.  We will be growing vegatables and fruits there."

Some of what is produced will be used to feed the athletes living at KATA.  The balance we will sold to help cover the expenses to run KATA. 

"We do not manage athletes and do not participate in any prize money they may win," says Bob Anderson. "Obviously everything cost money and we think our farm program will be sucessful enough to fund our KATA program."

"We are also looking for sponsors to support our KATA Fresh Farms program which in turns support our KATA athletes."

KATA Fresh Farms sponsors
(There are three levels of sponsorship - Gold $1500US or more, silver $500-$1499US, Bronze $499 or less)
Gold Sponsors:
Bob Anderson (Los Altos, California)
Brock Hinzmann (Los Altos Hills, California)
The Millennium Project (
My Best Runs (
Catherine Cross (Los Altos, California)
Silver Sponsors:
Lisa Wall (Chandler, Arizonia)
Michael Anderson (Bend, Oregon)
Bronze Sponsors:
Waitman Gobble (Dominican Republic)
Florence Kimiti (Thika Kenya)

Support our program and help feed our Kenyan Athletes and other athletes and people of Kenya.  100% of the money you contribute will be used to fund the KATA Fresh Farm program.  Any amount you can contribute will be greatly appreciated.  For details and contribute to this program call Bob Anderson in Mountain View, Ca at 650-400-6643 (cell) or email


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

5. Ultra (50k and up to 100 miles

6. Mountain Running


Tell us your goal and our staff coaches will help make it happen for YOU!


We have programs for juniors (under 20), open, elite, masters (40 plus), Grand masters (60 plus).


We can also set up races in Kenya for you and take care of all the arrangements.  Want to go on a safari?  We offer that too. 


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

Registation is now open. Click Here to reserve your spot.


Kenyan Athletics Training Academy
“Become a Better Runner, set new PR's and become a champion, the Kenyan Way”
Distance Runner's Training Center 
Full packges include housing (private rooms), all food, training and use of our facilities including our  Runner's Lounge, Olympic Dining Hall and relax in our Bob Anderson Courtyard (next to our Garden)   

If you are flying into Nairobi, you will be picked up at the airport if you desire as long as book at least a five night stay. 

KATA opened Sept 4, 2021

 Kenyan Athletics Training Academy is located in Thika, Kenya about an hour from the International Nairobi Airport.  Thika in 2019 had a population of 280,000. The altitude is 4,937 feet. Thika is a safe city and one you will enjoy.  

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. 


WORLD-CLASS TRAINING PROGRAMS: (We offer programs for 800m/1-mile, 5k/10k, Half-Marathon, Marathon and Ultra-Marathon (50k and up)


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

We have three types of rooms for our boarding athletes. 

  1. Shared room.  Four to six runners will be sharing one room.  One runner in each bunk bed.  There are rooms for male only and female only.  

  2.  Cost for a shared room is 10K KES per week (for Kenyan citizens) plus working 24-30 hours weekly at the Academy.  Minimum stay is one week.  Total fees need to be paid in advance. No refunds.

  3. Cost for a shared room for non-Kenyan citizens is $29US per night.  Minimum stay is one week.  Total fees need to be paid in advance.  No refunds.

  4. Private room.  One to two per room with private bathroom.  One double bed.  Rooms on first floor.

  5. Cost for a private room with WC/Shower is $46US per night.  Second or third person is $14US per person per night. Minimum stay is one week.  Total fees need to be paid in advance. No refunds.   

  6. 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. 
  7. Cost is $72US per night for first person.  Second or third guest is $15US additionally each.  Full package including meals and coaching.  Total fees need to be paid in advance.  No refunds.   


Here is what we offer Kenyan athletes.  Boarding Athletes     

  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. We offer 4, 8, 12, and 16-week programs.   

  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 a certain number of 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, we train athletes of all abilities.   



General Information


All prices include all fees and taxes.  These prices also include transport (for our guests) to and from the Nairobi International Airport as long as you book for at least four weeks.  Otherwise the cost is $50US for round trip.   


Would you like us to book a race for you? The cost would be the entry fee plus 10% processing fee.  We can also arrange for transport to the race for an additional reasonable fee.  Want to go on a safari? We can make these arrangements too at a reasonable additional cost. 


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!  


Results link for KATA Races held at the Academy

Double Road Race 15k Sept 4, 2021 Thika Kenya


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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