John Manners - Founder

John was born and educated in the US, but spent part of his childhood in Kenya and returned there as a Peace Corps teacher in the early 1970s. A journalist by profession, he spent 18 years as a writer and editor in various branches of Time Inc., and maintained his connection with Kenya by developing a sideline covering the exploits of its runners. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Harvard University and a Masters Degree from Columbia University.


Mike Boit - Founder

Mike is professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He served as Kenya’s Commissioner of Sports from 1990 to 1997. He was a standout middle distance runner in the 1970s and ’80s, with an international career that spanned 15 years and honors that included an Olympic medal and a Commonwealth Championship. He received a diploma in education from Kenyatta University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern New Mexico University, two Master’s Degrees from Stanford University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Oregon.