SCOTT Sports has linked up with the Braveheart Runners Foundation to help the next generation of athletes in Kenya compete on the global stage.
Braveheart Runners Foundation, the Kenya-based elite running stable known as the “home of the champions”, is a provider of scholarships with the objective of giving opportunities to the talented runners of the high-altitude town of Iten.
Established in 2021 by founder Alistair Davidson, the 2022 scholarship comprises nine athletes – four men and five women: Bernard alias Chebasa Koech (the team captain), Daisy Chepkosgei, Emmy Jepkemoi, Enock Kipkemboi, Ledisha Jepkemboi, Reuben Ronoh, Sarah Lagat and Winnie Jeptarus.
The scholarship includes living expenses, access to physiotherapy and coaching as well as support at iconic races in Europe.
SCOTT will equip the athletes in high-performance products as well as financially support the foundation.
Empowering the next generation
“Braveheart Runners Foundation is committed to building better lives by empowering talented young runners in Iten, Kenya,” explained Davidson.
“Thanks to our partnership, we are not only able to support more runners, but also give them access to the best equipment and events in the world.“
At 2,400 metres above sea level, and with endless dirt roads for training, Iten is home to many aspiring runners.
“Our products are built for performance,” added Cindy Wenger, Running Marketing Manager at SCOTT Sports.
“Their unique talents and the environment in which they train make our range of long distance and trail shoes the perfect tool in developing their talents. We look forward to a successful race season together.”
“As part of the Braveheart Runners program, I have been able to progress hugely as a runner,” said team captain Bernard ‘Chebasa’ Koech.
“I’m so grateful to the support from the team, and the opportunity to build my career as an elite runner. To run with SCOTT equipment has brought a new level to our training, as the products fit so well and is perfect for the terrain in Iten.”
SCOTT Sports will be releasing a three-part documentary tracking the progress of the Foundation, with the first episode, focusing on the training base in Iten, scheduled to air in May on the SCOTT Sports YouTube channel.