The Athletes

We’ve gathered together some of the best runners in the world to share their expertise and passion for the sport. Camp Marafiki provides participants the opportunity to train with these world class athletes in a collegial, low-key, and noncompetitive environment.

Andrew Musuva (marathon PR 2:12)

Orange County Marathon Champion 2005
Carlsbad Marathon Champion 2005
Quad Cities Marathon Champion 2002
Grandma’s Marathon Champion, 1999
Twin Cities Marathon Champion 1997, 1998, 1999
4th Place – San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon 1998
Silicon Valley Marathon Champion 1998

Jonathan Ndambuki
jonathanndambuki@yahoo.com
Nunguni, Kenya

PERSONAL BEST: 2:10:58 (Rock ‘N’ San Diego)

WORLD MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:
California International Marathon Champion 2006
Deseret News Marathon Champion 2003, 2004, 2005

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
2nd L.A marathon
10th New York marathon

CAREER NOTES:

Won 3 times Big sir marathon,won 4 times Deseret news,salt lake city.won CIM Ca,and I have been to many others

PERSONAL NOTES:

Two years out of high school , Jonathan came to USA ,Since then he has continue to spliit his time between his family in Kenya and competing in the US living and staying at Camp Marafiki during his training in New Mexico

 

 

Mbarak Hussein

Albuquerque, NM

Date of Birth: 04/04/1965 (Kapsabet, Kenya)

PERSONAL BEST: 2.08.10 (Seoul Marathon, S. Korea)

WORLD  MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:2007 USA National Team Member, World Championships, Osaka Japan.

2005 National Marathon Champion, (Twin Cities, MN)

2006 National Marathon Champion, (Twin Cities, MN)

1998, 2001 &2002 Winner of Honolulu Marathon.

CAREER NOTES:

The younger brother of Ibrahim Hussein, who is a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon and the event’s first champion from Africa, Mbarak Hussein’s best finish at the Patriot’s Day classic came in 2002 when he placed fourth after finishing fifth in 2001. He is the two-time defending U.S. marathon national champion and set two U.S. Master’s records in 2005 by running the half marathon at the Philadelphia Distance Run in 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 23 seconds and the 25 K at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in 1 hour, 17 minutes, and 12 seconds. Despite all of his success, perhaps his most impressive accomplishment came at the Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane, Washington on May 6th 2008. That morning Hussein set both a Master’s U.S. and world record in the 12 km with a time of 36 minutes and 6 seconds. Formerly a middle distance specialist, Hussein was an NJCAA champion in cross country as well as in both the 800 and the 1,500 meters for South Plains Junior College; later, he also won national titles in the 800 and 1,500 while at Lubbock Christian University, an NAIA school. He spent the better part of 2008 and 2009 as the National Distance coach at the UAE.

He is currently ranked as the top Masters Distance runner, were he has won several masters races including the 2010 Master Marathon Championships.

PERSONAL NOTES:A resident of Albuquerque, N.M. since 1987, Hussein took the U.S. citizenship oath in 2004. He is self coached and has been influential in organizing running groups in the greater Albuquerque.

 

 

aaron rono

Aron Rono
ronoaron@gmail.com

PERSONAL BEST:
10.000m – 27:31
5000m – 13:30

WORLD MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

Team Captain (2007- 2009), four-time National Champion 10,000M (2006-2009) & four-time National Champion Mile (2006-2009). National Record holder Indoor mile

CAREER NOTES:

MVP award 2007 indoors, Outstanding Performer of the meet 2009, 2008. Goals: Olympics 2012 or 2016, World Championships, World Cross Country Bio: B.A Political Science, Azusa Pacific University

Caroline Rotich
cheptanuicaro84@yahoo.com

Nyahururu, Kenya
AGE: 26 (5/13/84)

PERSONAL BEST: 2:24:26 (Boston Marathon)

WORLD  MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:
18Nov11 Boston Marathon – 4th place  2:24:26
07Nov10 ING New York City Marathon – 8th place 2:29:46

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:
06Dec09 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon 1st 2:29:47

CAREER NOTES:
Caroline Rotich won the 2011 New York City Half Marathon by out-distancing New York City Marathon champion Edna Kiplagat and top American Kara Goucher in the final meters. Her time of 1:08:62 was a course record and personal best.  One month later, Rotich placed 4th at the Boston marathon with a time of 2:24:26, a personal best. In 2010 Rotich competed in a number of American road races, finishing first at the B.A.A. Half Marathon in 1:10:52, second at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 1:12:40, second at the Crim Festival of Races 10-Mile in 53:54, and fifth at the ING Bay to Breakers 12K in 40:37. At the marathon distance, Rotich won her debut at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon in 2009 and followed with an eighth place finish in New York City this past fall.

PERSONAL NOTES:
Although she was born in Nyahururu, Kenya, Rotich attended high school in Sendai, Japan.  She earned a scholarship to Sendai Ikuei Gakuen, which is the same school World Marathon Majors champion Sammy Wanjiru attended.  Rotich has also spent time in the United States and regularly trains with her coach Ryan Bolton in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She is fluent in English, Japanese and Kiswah

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Kiptum

PERSONAL BEST: marathon 2:13:42 half marathon 1:01:56

WORLD  MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

2nd rock and roll san diego 2000

1st indy 500 mini marathon

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

7th grandma marathon 1999

3rd afc half marathon 1996

CAREER NOTES: 4 times all american in ncaa d1v 1 /4th places 5k outdoor in 1994 /4th xcountry 1995/ 3rd indoor 5k 1996 7th outdoor 10k 1996

PERSONAL NOTES: Born in Kenya Patrick left kenya after high school in 1992 to pursue education went to blinn college before going to oklahoma state university graduating with computer engineering degree.


 

 




 


Abebe Yimer

 

PERSONAL BEST: 2:13:52, 2006 Austin Marathon

ADDITIONAL MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS:

Half Marathon: 1:03:52, 2001 Adidis Ababa, Ethiopia (8,200ft).

15k road: 46:03 Utica Boilermaker 2008

 

ADDITIONAL MARATHON HIGHLIGHTS:

Marathon: Las Vegas Marathon Champion, 2001, 2008

CAREER NOTES:

Las Vegas Marathon, 8th place 2009

Twin Cities Marathon, 7th place 2007

PERSONAL NOTES:I was born in Ethiopia and recently became a US citizen in December 2009. I live and train in Santa Fe, NM (7,000ft). I am extremely proud to be able to be an American and to have the opportunity to possible compete for a future National Team spot. Aside from my running I am involved in Camp Marafiki, an annual running camp for people of all ages in Santa Fe, NM. I am a camp counselor and assist the campers with all aspects of running from training to nutrition. I take pride in helping others fulfill their running goals.

 

 

 

 

 

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