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This past October, I ran in the Standard Chartered Marathon in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. (In fairness, I only ran a half marathon.)

Kenya has an international reputation for producing some of the best long-distance runners in the world.

Watching hundreds of runners sprinting in rhythm for miles at mindboggling speeds is spectacular, made even better by the location. The marathon course runs along the Nairobi National Park.

For anybody with a serious interest in running, this is like having a front-row seat to a top-tier clash in any sport.

Watching these runners in action is a master class in many disciplines.

The results of the race

The results of this one race were astounding!

In the men’s full marathon, the top 100 men (all from Kenya) ran under 2:27, with one from Uganda finishing in the top 20.

Among the top men, 50 ran under 2:18.

The top 38 women ran under 3 hours, with the top 10 women running under 2:35.

In the half marathon, 100 men finished in under 1:09, with the top 16 under 1:03.

In the women’s half-marathon race, the top 28 completed the race in under 1:30 with the top five coming in under 1:12.

To put this into perspective, only the top 5% of the running population in the whole world completes the marathon in under 3 hours.