Biggest race in Africa hits the hills of Addis Ababa

The Great Ethiopian Run, a 10km race around the hills of Addis Ababa, took place last weekend for the thirteenth year.

The competition, held at an altitude of 2,300 metres, was attended by 38,000 runners. Contestants included the great Ethiopian runners Abebe Bikila, who won the 1960 Olympic marathon in Rome running barefoot, and current 5km and 10km world record holder Kenenisa Bekele.

“We try to rise up the people to do something. Sport has just one language, and when you encourage people through sport you encourage every sector, whatever their job. One religion, one culture, one language – and that is running”, Haile Gebrselassie, 10,000m gold medallist at the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics, told The Guardian.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

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