Josh Karanja

Josh Karanja


Josh Karanja joined forces as a guide for visually impaired runner Jason Dunkerley in 2011.  Karanja was recommended as a guide by Ian Clark who had coached Karanja at Nepean High School in Ottawa. Karanja was a competitive runner (the steeplechase was his specialty) at Eastern Michigan University. It was while he was completing his Masters, that Clarke made the call. The opportunity gave Karanja a second wind in competitive sport and he admits it's been a wonderful partnership. Dunkerley and Karanja have been a major force in international para-athletics and are one of Canada’s top medal hopes for the 2016 Paralympic Games.  They won two medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and also stepped on the podium twice at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto including gold in the 5000-m. A few weeks later they took silver in the 5000 at the IPC World Athletics Championships.

Karanja was born and raised in Kenya.  He moved to Canada at age 11 with his mother who had landed full time employment. Along with training and competing with Dunkerley, Karanja is a coach with the Ottawa Lions Club where he instructs junior-aged runners.


Jason Dunkerley’s guide runner since 2011.


2015 IPC World Athletics Championships 5000m 2nd

2015 Parapan American Games 5000m 1st

2015 Parapan American Games 1500m 2nd

2012 Paralympics 5000m 2nd

2012 Paralympics 1500m 3rd