4 June - The 14th edition of the 2017 IFH Relay Races was held colorfully at the presence of the Addis Ababa City Road Authority Director Eng. Habtamu Tegene; Addis Ababa Road Trafic Management Agency Representative Ato Hagere Hailu; Sagin Assefa Mezgebu; Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia HE La Yifan; Chinessie Companies and the title sponsors of the event CCCC and IFH Engineering Managers Zhou Yongsheng and Wang Yang and other Invited guests.
The motto of this year’s race was ‘let’s work towards ending death due to traffic accidents-Promoting
2 June 2017 – Registration for the 2017 TOTAL Great Ethiopian Run starts on Monday. Participants’ number is increased by 2,000 from last year raising total participants number to 44,000.
Race number with barcode will be given out with the official race t-shirt for each of the 44,000 participants which will be the new feature of the race in its 17th edition. In the past, only the elite athletes which are not more than 500 wear race number. Organizers explained introducing race number for all participants will help control illegal t-shirt production and take legal action. Registration fee has been increased to accommodate the rising cost of staging the event and introduction of the new race number system.
The wave start that was introduced last year has helped to increase participants number and a total of 7,000 places
April 30 2017 Gebeyanesh and Tsegaye win the second edition of the EMA race which includes an elite competition for first time this year. Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA) which celebrates its 53rd anniversary this year partnered with Great Ethiopian Run as part of its annual anniversary celebration which includes exhibition, seminars and panel discussion.
The elite athletes’ race covers two loops of 5km covering a total of
7 May 2017 - Ethiopia celebrates Europe Day with Children Races. What better event is there in a country where athletics is the popular sport where its athletes have dominated long and middle distance race in the world since Rome Olympic in 1960 where Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia won the marathon race barefoot? This year is the 10th edition of EU Children Races where European Union in Ethiopia and Great Ethiopian Run partnered to celebrate the Europe Day. The races take place in four age categories (Under 5, 8, 11 and 14) where boys and girls compete separately. Haile Gebreselassie founder and Board Chairman of Great Ethiopian Run, Mrs. Terhi Lehtinen Deputy Ambassador of European Union and Hiruy Bahirtebeb Children Protection Directorate Director at MoWCA. HE Mr. Jozef Cibula Ambassador of Slovakia, HE Mrs. Mette Thygesen Ambassador of Denmark and Mr. Paul Evans Deputy Ambassador of Ireland were some of the guests invited by EU and started the different races and gave out prizes to the winners.
A total of over 2,000 participants were registered although the finishers’ number is less than that. The events takes place at the Ethiopian Youth Sport Academy and two of the Directors Woldegebriel Mezgebo and Fekadu Mekuria were also present and give out prizes towinners. EU Children races conclude the “Triple Crown”, the three events GER staged in three consecutive weeks. Last Sunday the EMA 5km race was staged in Addis Ababa in partnership with the Ethiopian Medical Association and two weeks ago the CCECC Hawassa Half Marathon was staged in Hawassa.
April 23 2017 Seada Kedir and Bira Seboka win the 2017 CCECC Hawassa Half Marathon in a time of 1.16.56 and 1.04.10 respectively. The 6th edition of the event that modified the previous three laps route to two bigger laps after two years where the majority of the dirt and coble stone roads are all now made into asphalt.
In the mass half marathon Yibeltal Biyalfew who was also winner in 2013 win again today finishing the race in a time of 1:30.32 while Jessica Anagnostaras finish ahead of the women finishing the half-marathon in a time of 1.35.23.
In 7 km race local athletes win the race and results will posted soon. A total of around two thousand participants took part in 7km mass race. The race also included 1.4 km children race where over 450 children take part.
H.E Tewedros Gebiba, Mayor of Hawassa stated “Hawassa city administration is committed to promote the sport tourism of the city and events like this are great opportunity for local business to benefit. We will work with Great Ethiopian Run to maximize the tourist flow”