The most important task of an athlete is to inspire others to do better, to compete with honor, and to demonstrate the courage needed to live a life that has a positive impact by actions that can be remembered long after they are gone.
High Altitude of Arizona Elite Team
Issa Kosgei, Uganda
DOB June 22, 1996 Personal Bests:
10K CC 29:33
Half Marathon 62:45
Issa Kosgei is training to compete at the highest level and to represent his country in international competition. Issa is a valuable member of the Elite Team. We are proud to have him represent our organization. Issa understands the importance of sustainability and its connection to global issues, human health, and performance. He is actively sourcing organic food for the Elite Team training base in Kapchorwa, Uganda and helping the organization to establish a network of organic farmers in that area.
Najim Mahmoud, United States
DOB April 11, 1997 Personal Bests:
USATF Men’s Mountain Running Championship 2019 18th place US men’s division
Junior Olympic 3000m National Champion
Junior Olympic All American Cross Country 4th place
“With the support of High Altitude Training of Arizona, I am pursuing my goals as an elite athlete in mountain running, skyrunning, and back country trail. I am grateful for this opportunity to represent a sustainable future, and clean athletics.”
Yosef Teka Mitiku, Ethiopia
DOB November 6, 1986 Personal Bests:
Yosef Teka Mitiku is a big advocate for holistic methods for maintaining health and drug free clean athletics. High Altitude Training of Arizona welcomes his insights and knowledge and are grateful for his representation of the organization as an athlete. Yosef is pursuing a transition from middle distance to distance in the coming year.
Sam Cherop, Uganda
DOB. January 19,1997 PBs
10 miles 47:51
New to the Elite Team, Sam Cherop is excited about sustainable living and learning how it connects with global well being and how it impacts athletics. Sam is pursuing the Olympic qualifying standard for 10,000m and is grateful for the support of High Altitude Training of Arizona. We welcome him to the Elite Team!
Saidi Juma Makula, Tanzania
DOB Aug 1 , 1994
Half Marathon 63:15
“I am focusing on improving my personal bests as a world-class athlete and representing my country in international competitions. I am thankful to have the support of High Altitude Training of Arizona as I continue to work hard to achieve accomplishments that will inspire my community, my children, and the next generation. I represent clean athletics and sustainable living for a better future.”
Sebei Boniface, “Azbel “, Uganda
D. O. B. : April 12, 1996 Personal Bests:
Half Marathon: 64:42
“I am excited to be a member of the Elite Team and to support the mission of clean athletics, sustainable living, and a healthy future for our community. I am thankful for the opportunity to be supported in my goals as a professional athlete and will do my best to represent the organization, my family, and my country “
Coach Nija Benjamin
High Altitude Training of Arizona welcomes coach BENJAMINNJIA as Head Coach of the Elite Team.
BENJAMINNJIA is a IAAF certified coach by IAAF, head coach for the UAF police camp, manager of the Ugandan National Team and a lifelong athlete with elite experience in distances 800-21k.
Lead the UAF National Team at Rio Olympic Games 2016.
Guided Joshua Cheptegei to a 2017 World Championship Silver in the 10,000m, and again in 2019, Njia brought Cheptagai to a Gold medal in 10,000m at the World Championships.
National coach for the Ugandan World Cross Country Team, winning an individual Gold in Junior Men , and Team Uganda came second (Silver) overall.
Coached Team Uganda for the Gold Coast 2018 Common Wealth Games, winning three medals – two Gold and one Bronze.
Coached Team Uganda for World Cross Country 2019 and won Gold (Cheptagai) and Silver in senior men and a Team Gold, with an excellent performance from the Junior men’s team, taking Bronze and coming fourth in the Junior women’s division.