One of the newest members of Orangetheory Fitness on Fairview Street in Burlington is runner Fred Karanja of Kikuyu (village of Thogoto) in Kenya. Fred came to Canada in 2009 on invitation as a pacer for the Ottawa Marathon. After earning his first paycheque for running, Fred discovered he had a one-way ticket and was not able to return home. He needed to run and win some races to make the money to get back home. In this time, Fred’s father passed away in Kenya, the most difficult and emotional time for Fred. He broke the record at the Downtown Dash race in Burlington and the local running community rallied around Fred. The Orangetheory Team met Fred at the Moon in June race where he ran the 5k in 15:46! Fred’s goal is to set a record by running the Scotiabank Marathon (26.2 miles) in 2:10! Fred is adding OTF workouts to his training and already is feeling the difference in his long runs! Fred return to Kenya earlier this month for the first time in 5 years to see the family he left behind (his grandmother is 103; his grandfather is 106) and to train with 2:04 marathoners.
This summer members of Fairview Street’s Orangetheory Fitness Studio have been collecting athletic shoes of all sizes including soccer cleats to ship to Fred’s village in Kenya on August 25th. Donations of old suitcases to ship the athletic shoes in would also be greatly appreciated. With school just around the corner it the perfect time to take a quick look through your families closet and donate your spare athletic shoes to this terrific cause!
Orangetheory Fitness is located at 3315 Fairview Street
, Burlington, ON L7N 3N9. For more information about their Athletic Shoe Drive for Fred’s Kenyan Village contact Sherri Staffen at