Kapchorwa: where the race champions and the Masaba café grows up

Scritto da Jean-Claude Luvini il 08/04/21

giovani atleti - Kapchorwa

Photo: thanks to Daan Oxener, founder and coach of Run Kapchorwa.

Today we bring you to Kapchorwa, a small Ugandan village on the slopes of Mount Elgon.

This is where Masaba coffee grows!

We are at about 1800 meters above sea level, near the Sipi waterfalls, with rich vegetation and volcanic soil.  Almost every family living here is involved in coffee cultivation: tending the plants, harvesting, washing and drying.

However,  Kapchorwa is an extraordinary location not only for its coffee, but also for its incredible concentration of long-distance running talent. It is now known as the 'Land of Champions', home to Uganda's greatest athletes, world record holders and Olympic marathon winners.  Among them are Joshua Cheptegei, Stephen Kiprotich (gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympics) and Jacob Kiplimo (two-time World Half Marathon Champion). These athletes are an example to hundreds of young Ugandans, who train on the steep dirt roads of Kapchorwa with the dream of one day making it to the Olympics.

Their training follows a strict weekly structure, alternating between more intense days and others of rest. But they all start with a hearty breakfast and the ritual of a good coffee... Masaba of course!