- Adam R. Hornbuckle
was born on 12 February 1952 in Kapsabet, Kenya, the son of Chaemaiyo Rono; his father’s complete name is unrecorded. His mother was a member of the Nandi people, and he was raised in Nandi Hills in Nandi County, a region from which many of Kenya’s most celebrated distance runners have emerged. At the age of two Rono fell off a bicycle peddled by his uncle, resulting in a serious ankle injury which delayed his ability to walk until the age of six. In 1958 his father died from a tractor accident while plowing a field belonging to a white plantation owner. Raised by his mother and grandmother, Rono worked on farms and attended school where he played soccer and discovered his ability to run long distances.
In 1971 Rono attended a rally near his home which featured Kip Keino who had defeated Jim Ryun of the United States ...