Videographer Matt Taylor, a Yale graduate and resident of Newton, is wrapping up his second season of a documentary on the elite athletes of Kenya, who have won 14 of the last 16 races in the men's division of the Boston Marathon.
He spent his first season in Boulder, Colo., where the runners were training for the fall marathon season, but this time he spent nearly a month in Kenya chronicling their lives heading into the spring season. His work is featured on the Internet at chasingkimbia.com.
"Most people go to the races and they clap, but they're waiting for the first American to come by," said Taylor. "The reason was because nobody knows about the [Kenyan] athletes. They don't know their backgrounds, their stories. So we wanted to try to bring out the personalities of the athletes just as a small step to start to get people interested and maybe ask more questions."
Taylor spent most of his 26 days there the village of Iten, which is at 8,000 feet and where a majority of the top distance runners train.
"When I went to Kenya, you just meet so many people, and the thing that really stood out to me was the overall happiness and generosity of the people," said Taylor. "Their lives revolve around social interaction, they don't have automated anything. They walk everywhere and every transaction is done person to person.
"They're very generous. There is tons of poverty, but they're so willing to bring you into their culture. They don't have much, but they love what they do have. It's so different from being here. For them, they look at it as an opportunity to get out of poverty, kind of like basketball in the inner city here."
John Powers of the Globe staff contributed to this report