About Your Hosts - Hilda Kibet & Hugo van den Broek
Hugo and Hilda live in Iten together with their two children Emma and Amber. They built their house and the Mountain View Lodge on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, overlooking lakes and distant mountains.
Hilda was born in Kenya and moved to The Netherlands at the age of 20 to study. She represented The Netherlands on numerous occasions, including at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, the 2010 European Athletics Championships where she won a bronze medal in the 10,000m and the 2008 European Cross-Country Championships which she won! She has also run times of 67 minutes for a half marathon and 2h24 for a marathon.
Hugo studied Human Movement Sciences (M.Sc.) and Pedagogy/Special Education (M.Sc) in The Netherlands. Immediately after his graduation, he left for Kenya to train and it was during his stay that he met his wife, Hilda. In 2002 he became a professional runner, specialising in the marathon. He competed at the European Championships in 2006 and again in 2010. His best performances are 28.51 for 10k, 1.03.26 for a half marathon and 2.12.08 for a marathon.
In 2015, both Hugo and Hilda stopped running competitively. They now love to run for fun (and occasionally for a hard workout!) in their home town of Iten. Hilda loves to spend time with her family, plant trees (since 2012 she planted over 15,000 trees!) and be busy with her foundation - Kibet4Kids. From 2015 - 2020 Hugo worked as the head coach of the Elite Distance Running Programme in India and as in now the head coach of the Kenya Experience Running Camps. He is also a dedicated online running coach, coaching runners of all levels from all over the world.
Since retiring as professional athletes Hugo and Hilda's vision has been to create high quality and affordable accommodation in Iten, allowing runners from all over the world to experience training in the Home of Champions just as they did.