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”
8 April 2017 – Dawit Fekadu and Degitu Azemeraw win the inaugural Great South Sudanese Run at a time of 29.14 and 33.45 respectively in Juba, Capital of South Sudan which is the youngest country in Africa. Fekadu who has run two fast 15km races few months ago has won a race Istanbul in a time 45.43 and he was 2nd at annual Sao-Paulo 15km in a time of 45.00 and finished the 2016 Great Ethiopian Run 10km International 4th place . Azemeraw is a very young and unknown athlete who surprised everyone when she beat famous and strong athletes at the annual Women First 5km women only run four weeks ago in Addis Ababa. She is coached by Tedy who is husband of Olympic Gold medalist Mesert Defar.
The inaugural race which is organized by great Ethiopian Run and Dembesh Hotel with the support South Sudanese Government under the slogan “Fund raising to fight famine and poverty” is a huge success where HE Salva Kiir Maradyt President of the Republic of South Sudan jogged 120m along with his cabinet of minister before signing of 5,000 participants at Dr. John Garang Mausoleum (Freedom Square).
March 23, 2017 Starting from April 23, 2017 the Great Ethiopian Run hosts three races on the consecutive three Sundays. These three races are named as the Triple Crown.
2017 CCECC Hawassa Half Marathon which will be hosted on April 23 is the first among the three races. Hawassa’s run will include a 21 km (half marathon) run, a 7 km run as an alternative and a children race as well. A total of 4,000 participants are expected to take part on this event. This race will be a good platform to show that Hawassa is a perfect destination for tourism.
In two weeks’ time the international half-marathon race staged by Great Ethiopian Run returns to Hawassa for its 6th edition, following a two-year hiatus. Now under new sponsorship from CCECC, the race has attracted a top field of elite athletes as well as 150 fun runners including 25 runners from abroad. In addition, a 7km race and a series of children’s races are also in the event programme.
A total prize purse of 100,000 birr is on offer for the top 10 men and top 10 women in the two elite races. Each race winner will receive 20,000 birr. Over the past seven years the race has been won by Kenyan athletes on two occasions: Wilson Chebet in 2010 and Kimutai Kiplimo in 2011.
18 March 2017 - Great Ethiopian Run in addition to its flagship 10k International race organizes a number of annual races in Addis Ababa and different regions in Ethiopia. The race in Hawassa has been the only annual regional event it organizes outside of Addis Ababa.
Hawassa Half Marathon will take place on 23 April 2017 and in addition to the half-marathon it will also have 7km and children races. It’s the 6th edition of the event where it took place from 2010-2014 for five years and was interrupted for two years. Today the Great Ethiopian Run has signed a three year Memorandum of Understanding with the Hawassa City Administration in the presence of Mayor of Hawassa HE Tewodrow Gebiba who commented “we want to promote our city and support tourism and we are confident our partnership with Great Ethiopian Run will help us to do that”