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The 2016 Plan International Children Races is taking place on Saturday, 19 November 2016 at Ethiopian Youth Sport Academy which is  found close to the then Imperial Hotel (Bob Marley Roundabout).

Since 2008 Plan International has been supporting the Children Races to promote social messages such as ‘Learn without Fear’, ‘Because I’m a Girl’ and ‘I’m a girl child, do not make me a child mother’.

The slogan for this year’s event is ‘Let’s create a world where all girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive.’

The race will be staged on the eve of the international 10km, on Saturday 19th November at the Sport Academy.


The races comprise three competitions for boys and girls categorized by age (under 5, 8 & 11). Disability competitions in 4 groups such as visual, intellectual, physical and hearing will also be part of the competition. Over 4,500 children are expected to participate . Registration is now open at the Great Ethiopian Run Office & Hilton Addis Ababa.

We encourage schools to facilitate students to register in their schools through their sport teachers and collect the race packs from the race office.

For more information please contact the race office:

ChildFund Ethiopia is supporting the race promoting their message "CHANGE A CHILDHOOD, CHANG THE WORLD” 

Saturday Race Program - Start and Finish of race at Ethiopian Youth Sport Academy (Imperial)

07:30 Children and family start arriving

08:00 Start of children entertainment

08:15 – 08:35 Disability races in four categories (visual, hearing impairment, physical & intellectual disability)

08:40 – 08:55 Music & dance performances on the stage  

08:55 Warm up for first race

09:00 Start of under 5 girls

09:12 Start of under 5 boys

09:20 Start of under 8 girls

09:35 Start of under 8 boys

09:50 Start of under 11 girls

10:05 Start of under 11 boys

10:15 Prize Presentations 

11:00 End

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