Albuquerque, N.M. - Where The World's Best Distance Runners Train!
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What They're Saying About Albuquerque"It's a lot better than coming all the way from Europe. I like the quietness, and the altitude, of course. It's a nice place to train."
-2007 World Cross Country Champion Lornah Kiplagat
"On Sunday mornings, you see hundreds and hundreds of people out running. If we go to a local Starbucks, people ask, 'Are you guys runners?' Everybody understands running, and I think that helps a lot."
"All in all, we've found Albuquerque has a lot to offer--great running, nice mild winter, great green and red chile along with great sunrises and sunsets that are hard to beat."
"Albuquerque's great weather, nice trails and year-long access to a track make it one of the best places to train year-round in the U.S."
"It's awesome out here. It really is. There are just so many places to run for any occasion. The climate here is pretty decent year round, so that makes it really, really nice to train out here."
"The air is cleaner and the scenery and running is beautiful and motivating, as well as tough. The weather is also better here (than in England)...it's nice to be able to train in t-shirt and shorts and dry sunshine."
"I am training in Albuquerque because it is high altitude. When I am training here, it's like when I'm in Kenya. There's no difference. I like it also because of the foothills. I can train up the hills and down the hills. And it's a training area--so many people are training here. When I'm training and I see other people training, then I think, `Here we are together.'"
Who's Trained In Albuquerque?Olympic medalists
LIZ McCOLGAN, Great Britain
NOUREDDINE MORCELI, Algeria
KHALID SKAH, Morocco
GABRIELA SZABO, Romania
JOSIAH THUGWANE, South Africa
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