|BR. O'CONNELL works out his runners
at the Iten Athletics Camp.
With the Summer Olympic games entering their final days, here's a story about Brother Colm O’Connell, a member of the Brothers of St. Patrick missionaries of Ireland. A retired geography teacher, he has had a part in training many Kenyan middle- and long-distance runners. 8,500 feet up in the Rift Valley, the Iten Athletics Camp at the brother's St. Patrick's high school consists of a dirt track and the school's spartan housing and has produced many champions from the local Kalenjin tribe.
A story on Br. O'Connell from Outside
magazine; an article in The Telegraph
(U.K.) from earlier this year; and NYTimes
blog post from the Beijing Summer Olympics 4 years ago.