The Enculturated Champion is a project that seeks to understand the Kenyan distance running phenomenon from a cultural perspective.  Over the past 50 years the world has grown accustomed to watching athletes with Kenyan flags draped across their backs celebrate convincing victories in everything from the 800 meter race to the marathon.  Indeed, since 1968, over half of the best times ever recorded in the Olympic distance events were run by Kenyans.  For a nation of only 50 million people, this outpouring of athletic prowess is startling and begs the question as to HOW it is possible.  The Enculturated Champion promises to uncover that mystery by following Kenya's elite and amateur runners through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  Using a combination of modern media and traditional ethnography, this project will delve into the heart of the Kenyan running culture, providing its followers with an unparalleled perspective into the life and journey taken by East Africa's elite athletes.  Theirs is a story of sacrifice, perseverance, and triumph; a story that this project hopes to illuminate for a global audience...