Ethiopian “GER (Great Ethiopian Run) Great Ethiopian Run, an independent NGO with the mission of staging mass-participation running events in Ethiopia, was started in 2001.Since its inception in 2001 Great Ethiopian Run has staged over 60 races in different parts of Ethiopia.
The Great Ethiopian Run is an annual 10-kilometre road running event which takes place in late November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With thousands of participants take part.
The competition was first envisioned by Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie and other cofounders in late October 2000. The creation of the race marked the first time that a major annual 10 km race had been held in the country. The great Ethiopian run was renowned for producing world class runners. The day’s events include an international and popular 10 km race and a 5 km women only race.
The elite race attracts a number of prominent runners. Haile Gebrselassie won the inaugural men’s race and at the second edition many of the countries top long-distance runners competed, one another. More established competitors do take part, in the race.
Given the prominence of the race and its importance to emerging athletes, the races – particularly the men’s – are hotly contested with large leading packs early on and much physical interaction. Standing in contrast to other large scale running events, fun runners at the Great Ethiopian Run do not typically compete to raise money for charity, but instead compete for their own personal reasons.
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