Our Training Camps
About High Altitude Training
Training at high altitude – that is usually between approx. 1’700 and 3’000 meters above sea level – is like legal doping, thanks to its ability to boost oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Most coaches recommend spending at least two weeks at this altitude, but it’s not an all-or-nothing proposition: Even if you’ve got only a week to spare, training in the mountains can trigger physical and mental benefits that will last for several weeks after you return to sea level. Attending a one-week camp, away from the demands of everyday life, with elite coaching and a rejuvenating change of scenery, could do a runner as much good as the altitude itself. Even short stints at altitude offer an advantage because the lack of oxygen makes the training feel harder. You can push hard and learn to tolerate greater discomfort without the added stress on your joints and muscles that would result from running faster or farther at sea level. Best of all, there is some evidence that non-elite athletes, who have lower levels of hemoglobin to start with, may experience an even bigger and quicker boost than elite endurance athletes do.
Our High Altitude Training Camps
We conduct training camps at the Kenenisa Bekele Sports Resort in Sululta, near Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, at an altitude of 2’700 meters above sea level.The camps are targeted to individual athletes and groups of all levels and include accommodation, food, running guides and the use of facilities such as gym, steam bath, sauna, horse riding, football fields, golf course, running lanes and more.
You will follow the training plans that lie behind Ethiopia’s running success stories, meet some of the world’s best distance athletes (usually also Kenenisa Bekele) and talk to recognized experts on the subject. You will be guided by the next generation of international elite runners. While you may freely choose the length of your stay at the camp, we usually recommend a minimum of at least 9 days, particularly when preparing for a competition.
Whether you are a beginner that needs a full training schedule or an experienced runner looking only for a few key tips, you can count on our experienced staff and our running guides who can show you the best trails and will help you pace your interval workouts if required.
Finally, it is good to know that our camps offer much more than just training. We always prepare a very diverse program, which besides the training, also includes visits to the capital Addis Ababa and other places of interest.