ROO #86: Joseph Kibur on Running as a Business and Life Path

Running On Om

Joseph ROOJoseph Kibur is a runner, founder of the Yaya Village and cofounder of the Yaya Girls Running Program.

Joseph was born in Ethiopia and moved to Canada at the age of 11. He had tremendous success in the Canadian running scene, where he at the age of 16 set the then North American 1500 meter high school record and in 1993 was the Canadian Cross Country National Champion. After his time running at Simon Fraser University, he launched NetNation Communications, Inc., a Vancouver-based web hosting company. He has since returned to Ethiopia with his family and continued to develop various businesses and charities in his home country, including the Yaya Village Hotel which is a premier high altitude training center and home to the Yaya Girls Program.

In the episode, Joseph tells the story of how he got into running, from his first race to how running kept him out…

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