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Women queue at the starting line of Kenya's first women-only 10K race in November, 2001. Some runners could not afford shoes. But women who make the leap from tending crops to the international running circuit can potentially earn hundreds of thousands of dollars. The annual per capita income in Kenya is $360. Among the runners was Emily Rotich, far right, a 22-year-old who is training at Lornah Kiplagat's High Altitude Trainings Center in Iten, Kenya. her journey into the world of long-distance running is documented by photographer Martha Rial and sports writer Lori Shontz in the first installment of the five-part series "Fast Forward: The Rise of Kenya's Women Runners and How Sports can Change the World." Next photo.
Photo by: Martha Rial / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (5/5/2002)