About Us

Who We Are

THE HEART OF KENYAN RUNNING is the branch of T.T.S. srl (stands for Territory Tourism and Sport) company dedicated to Athletics and Running activities. T.T.S.srl is a private company with registered office in Aosta, Italy. It organises tourist, cultural and sporting events, in association with the BORN2RUN MELVILLE TRAVEL AGENCY of REGGIO EMILIA.

All events and activities organised under the name of The Heart of Kenyan Running have the exclusive and unique feature of being designed by worldwide famous Kenyan élite athlete and coach Timo Limo.

The Heart of Kenyan Running mainly operates in the popular Home of Champions of Iten, Kenya, and in the town of Aosta, Italy. It also operates in other countries worldwide following its mission of sharing the legendary Kenyan expertise about middle and long distance running all over the world.

Partenrships & Collaborations

THE HEART OF KENYAN RUNNING PARTNERS IN KENYA, ITALY AND WORLDWIDE:

KENYA

Our best selection of accommodation for runners in Iten:

  • C&C Guesthouse
  • Kerio View Hotel 4*

ITALY

Sports Medicine Exclusive Team of Dr. Marco Patacchini:

  • Technos Medica & Premium Medica
  • Medical Lab Aosta

Running Clubs:

  • Atletica Sandro Calvesi
  • Atletica Coop San Martino Casarsa
  • Don Kenya Run
  • Ceresio 7 Gym&Spa Milan

Nutrition & Supplements for Sports Performance:

  • Racer Store

WORLDWIDE

  • One-a-week Multisports Club (Trinidad & Tobago)
  • Let’s Inspire Today by Winston Sobers (Cayman Islands)
  • Julien Lamour (Costa Rica Running Academy project)

What we offer:

1. IN KENYA

Training Camps for runners of all levels in Iten, the Home of Champions

Overview on The Heart of Kenyan Running Training camps highlights

  • An exclusive chance to train with an authentic élite Kenyan coach: Timo Limo, native of Iten, one of the best experts of running technique in the world.
  • A unique journey which, through running, will take you to Iten, the world known Home of Champions at 2.400m of altitude, in heart of the Kenyan highlands, in close contact with the culture and traditions of the world’s strongest runners;
  • A growth path, sporting and non, which will make you feel unforgettable emotions;
  • A one-off experience of running, wellness, culture and traditions which we recommed all running enthusiasts should take advantage of at least once in their life

To whom the Training Camps are offered to

The initiative meets the needs of all levels of runners of all ages, from kids to adults, from worldwide:

  • beginners
  • amateurs
  • professionals
  • élite runners

Everybody will have the opportunity to train respecting their own rhythms

  • A tailor-made training program is designed to meet the specific needs of each participant
  • Every participant will be led and accompained by a Kenyan pacer on most of his outings
  • Group workouts will be held respecting each participant’s tailor-made training program

The location

Iten, a tiny mountain village located at 2.400m of altitude in the heart of Kenyan highlands is worlwide considered as the Mecca of running which has produced an endless line of international track and road running champions over the decades.

IAAF’s President Lord Sebastian Coe has recently handed the Rift Valley town the “IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Heritage Plaque” which elevates the village to one of the world athletics governing body’s glonal heritage locations. 

We are therefore proud to welcome our guests to a location officially recongnised as relevant to global athletics history.

Jump on board with us and have the experience of your lifetime in the legendary running heaven of Kenya!

What you will experience during your Training Camp

1. Train

  • Run and discover the fascinating world of the local Kenyan athletes
  • Engage with and experience in full the day-to-day life of Kenyan runners
  • Enjoy running along endless routes of beaten ground
  • Challenge the hills surrounded by the amazing scenery of Singore and Kessup forest
  • Feel the adrenaline when taking part at Iten’s collective fartlek
  • Have your speedwork at a local authentic Kenyan dirt track
  • Taste the extreme simplicity of the light and nutritious local food at the base of the original Kenyan runners’ diet

2. Learn

  • Learn the best of running drills and running technique with Head Coach Timo Limo
  • Learn about Head Coach Timo Limo’s best exercises of strengthening, joint mobility, core sessions to complement your running
  • Learn and engage with the authetntic Kenyan coaching methods
  • Learn the Kenyan runners golden rules to success
  • Learn about the culture, origins, traditions, custmos and aspirations of the people of Kenya and their champions

3. Discover

  • Visit traditional Kenyan villages and interact with the locals
  • Visit traditional Kenyan schools and interact with the children
  • Visit Shoe4Africa Children Hospital and get to know about the fascinating story of Toby Tanser, author of “Train hard, win easy: the kenyan way” and “More Fire: how to run the kenyan way”
  • Enjoy adventourous trekking in Kessup forest and Iten surroundings

If you are also keen on having a Safari trip

  • Meet the Giraffes in Moiben Road’s Giraffe Park
  • Have a Safari in Nakuru or Nairobi National Park

Our selected choice of accommodation in Iten to meet the needs of all runners:

C&C Guesthouse: our default accommodation included in the price of the group training camps

Lovely traditional apartments owned by élite Kenyan athlete Carolyne and her husband Chris located in a very safe area in Lilies, in the heart of Iten.

Services:

  • B&B or Full board – 3 meals per day
  • Fully equipped apartments for singles, couples, groups of friends

Price: $$

Strength: highly recommended for the very good conditions and cleanliness of the apartments, delicious local food, warm welcome by the owners, always ready to help and meet all their clients’ needs

Kerio View

4* luxury hotel for all runners who are willing to enjoy the comforts of a beautiful traditional accommodation with a marvellous view the Kerio Valley, a branch of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. The park inside the hotel is made of eco-friendly grounds with a variety of indigenous trees.

Services and facilities:

  • B&B, half board of full board options
  • Table d’hote and à la carte menu at Kerio View Restaurants with a wide variety of dishes
  • Self-contained cottages or bandas, all rooms are children-friendly
  • Conferences and meetings
  • Children’s play area
  • Outdoor Barbecue
  • Paragliding, Birding, Photography, Biking

Price: $$$$

Strength: beautiful accommodation, traditional furniture, delicious food, magnificient view and surroundings of the hotel

WHY CHOOSE US

A life changing experience for all guests of The Heart of Kenyan Running

We would like all participants to our running camps to have the experience of their lifetime: they will be taken really into the real and true HEART of running, which may have an impact on their perception of life, for making positive change once they are back to their countries of origin.

1. LEARN THE AUTHENTIC KENYAN WAY TO TRAIN:

THE UNIQUE RUNNING CAMPS IN THE WORLD HELD BY WORLD FAMOUS RUNNING TECHNIQUE EXPERT TIMO LIMO, AUTHENTIC ELITE KENYAN COACH AND ATHLETE

Our running camps in Kenya are meant to take you to to the real heart of Kenyan running and they are the only ones in the world to be entirely directed and supervised by a REAL KENYAN COACH, who is one of the best experts about running technique and running drills in the world.

We also only employ selected LOCAL KENYAN pacers to ensure you may experience the Kenyan Way 100%.

2. LEARN THE AUTHENTIC KENYAN WAY TO RUN:

DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING STYLE AND PERFOMANCE THROUGH TIMO LIMO’S EXCLUSIVE SELECTION OF RUNNING DRILLS

Timo Limo’s running drills have become famous all over the world through the Youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR2MyqYs1pA which has reached above 2.5 millions views. No words needed about the importance of drills in a training routine: learn how to do them, start practising the exercises regularly and you’ll be amazed of your improvement!

3. LEARN THE AUTHENTIC KENYAN WAY TO CONDUCT DIFFERENT WORKOUTS:

HILLWORKS, SPEEDWORK & FARTLEK BY COACH TIMO LIMO

Whether you are going to schedule a hillwork/ track or fartlek session in your training program you will finally find out how Kenyan runners DO it: under the professional and attentive guidance of Head Coach Timo Limo you’ll surprise yourself enduring amazing hill workouts in the forest or fartlek sessions along the infinite dirt running routes of Iten.

All sessions will be designed to match the level of each runner.

4. LEARN THE KEY OF SUCCESSFUL AUTHENTIC KENYAN COACHING METHODS:

SUCCESS LIES BEHIND THE SIMPLEST THINGS

If you are wondering what lies behind a successful training program for preparing a specific distance or race the answer is way simpler than you might think:

“When it’s easy, it’s easy; when it’s fast, it’s really fast”.

If you are going for an easy run, the pace must EASY, if you are going for a specific workout that’s when you are asked to give your 70 to 100%. The common mistake of most Western runners is keeping the same medium pace for most workouts. Learn how to respect your training program with Head Coach Timo Limo and jump on your next level!

 5. LEARN AND EXPERIENCE THE AUTHENTIC KENYAN RUNNERS’ DAILY ROUTINE:

A SIMPLE LIFE WHICH MAKE WONDERS

Running and training is as important as resting and eating healthy food. The secret of Kenyan runners? The simplicity of their life, their total dedication to running and above all the great respect for REST.

If you are keen on discovering what lies behind the daily routine of the strongest runners in the world you’ll be amazed… the simplest is the best way to success.

6. TRULY EXPERIENCE AN ELITE RUNNERS’ LIFESTYLE

Once you arrive in Iten you will be warmly welcome by our team who is going to take great care of you: for the whole duration of your stay nothing you will have to think about if not running, eating and sleeping!

7. LIVE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME WITH AN AMAZINGLY QUALIFIED & EXCLUSIVE STAFF

  • An élite Kenyan 800m runner and world famous expert about running drills & technique to be your HEAD COACH & DIRECTOR of all camps
  • A young promising Kenyan talent on his way to qualify for the National Team to be the ASSISTANT COACH
  • A former ski-mountaineering World Champion and qualified Federal Instructor to be the HEAD of GUEST RELATIONS and your CONTACT person for the whole duration of your stay
  • Selected Kenyan pacers to be your RUNNING GUIDES during most of your outings

8. DISCOVER THE KENYAN HIGHLANDS AND ITEN, HEAVEN ON EARTH FOR ALL RUNNERS

Kenya is a country with boundless highlands where the world élite in the various running disciplines was born and Iten is part of the global heritage of the history of athletics.

No other country or place in the world has the same ideal characteritics for running and training: high altitude, warm temperatures all year round, endless running routes, nutritious natural local food are some of the key ingredients which make this place a heaven on earth for all runners.

9. UNFORGETTABLE EMOTIONS BEYOND RUNNING

THE HEART OF KENYAN RUNNING is an experience we recommend all running enthusiasts should take advantage of once in their life: this is a unique journey which will enrich you immensely in human and cultural terms.

2. IN ITALY

LEARN HOW TO RUN, DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR RUNNING STYLE AND REACH YOUR HIGHEST PERFORMANCE WITH THE BEST RUNNING TECHINQUE COACH IN THE WORLD!

At The Heart of Kenyan Running Academy based at T.T.S.srl Aosta company in Italy, we offer exclusive options for all levels of runners who dream of being coached by a Kenyan champion known as one of the best in the world when it comes to teaching running drills and technique: Timo Limo from Iten, the Home of Champions.

Don’t hesitate to enquire about our tailor-made training packages, one-to-one running technique sessions, training sessions for groups or clubs and much more!

3. AROUND THE WORLD

Running Clubs, Running Coaches, Training groups and any passionate runner worlwide are warmly welcome to get in touch with us to organise Training Camps and/or Running Events with Timo Limo in their own countries!!

The Staff

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Chiara Raso

C.E.O. of T.T.S.srl in Italy

Bio

In Italy Chiara is the C.E.O. of T.T.S.srl (Territory Tourism and Sports srl) company and Private School for students athletes located in Aosta, in the heart of the awesome Alps mountain chain.

Together with Timo Limo she is the co-founder of the branch of T.T.S.srl dedicated to athletics and running activities: The Heart of Kenyan Running Academy based in Italy and of The Heart of Kenyan Running Training Camps organised in Iten, Kenya.

In Iten Chiara is Head of guest relations and she will be your contact person for the whole duration of the stay.

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Timo Limo

co-founder of The Heart of Kenyan Running at T.T.S.srl

Bio

Timo Limo is a professional athlete specialised in fast middle-distance running, particularly 800m. Timo is the co-founder of The Heart of Kenyan Running at T.T.S.srl company, where he designs and directs all sports activities related to athletics and running.
In Italy Timo is the key trainer of T.T.S.srl Private School and of The Heart of Kenyan Running Academy;

In Kenya he is Head Coach and Director of all training camps organised in Iten, the Home of Champions.

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NICK STORRY

coach

Bio

Nick Storry is one the most promising young Kenyan talents coached as an élite runner by Head Coach Timo Limo.

Specialised in 800m distance as his master, Nick is continually gowing both as an athelte and as a running coach. He is going to play a very important role in The Heart of Kenyan Running branch at T.T.S.srl company by being the unique and official assistant of Timo Limo in all practical sports activities related to athletics and running.

At the moment, Nick’s main goal is to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

From The Heart of Kenyan Running Head Coach & Director:

“Always work to your best, believe in your abilities, your day is coming” by Timo Limo