Bekoji – Little Town of Champions
The village of Bekoji, in the highlands of Ethiopia, has produced long-distance runnersÂ whoâ€™ve wonÂ 16 Olympic medals in 20 years. What explains this remarkable success?
RunningÂ is in my blood,â€ says Tolo Debele, feeding his 3-month-old boy Dawit in his gated compound in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. â€œItâ€™s changed everything in my life.â€
The long-legged 32-year-old is wearing a pair of bright blue running shoes with shock absorbers on the heels, provided by his sponsor, Nike. A competitive marathon runner, heâ€™s raced in Asia, Europe, and America. But his wife Askale Tafa has him beat: Their massive cabinet in the living room is packed with sparkling trophies, mostly hers. Fifth place, Boston; third place, Dubai; second place, Berlin.
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