THE TOWN OF RUNNERS

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Ethiopia is known as “a land of runners”. The one town in Ethiopia most regularly mentioned as “the town of runners” is Bokoji, situated about 170 miles (or 270km) south of the capital Addis Ababa in the Arsi Highlands. The centre of Bokoji lies at 10,500 feet above sea level. Many of Ethiopia’s great champions including Derartu Tulu, Keneisa Bekele and Tirunesh Dibaba hail from this town and still today the town continues to produce many great runners who go on to represent Ethiopia at international level. 

Great Ethiopian Run (GER) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism will stage the 2022 Great Bokoji Run on 15th May 2022. The event is being staged to inspire young athletes and to raise the profile of the town as a good tourist destination.

The event which also includes hiking and cycling activities takes place over the weekend of 14 and 15 May 2022.

For participants coming from Addis Ababa registration needs to be done at the Great Ethiopian Run office, Alem Building 5th floor. If you want to register for a full hiking & biking experience you can also visit the link https://go.simienecotours.com/ridetherift 

For participants residing in Bekoji and its nearby towns, registration will be at the Bacha Building in Bokoji town next to the Cooperative Bank of Oromia and at the Bokoji city administration office.  

For more information: Telephone: +251 116 633 646; +251 116 635 757; +251 116 185841; +251 116 185 842 

In support of the Ethiopian Government’s initiatives to address issues of climate change, Great Ethiopian Run is promoting a “Go Green” campaign in connection with the 2021 TotalEnergies Great Ethiopian Run International 10km in November 2021 and carrying forward to our races planned in 2022. 

Our campaign has five strands, and over the coming months, we will be implementing an action plan with the twin goal of working for the good of our environment and fostering greater awareness about the importance of green issues. 

ACTION 1: WE WILL MINIMISE CARBON EMISSIONS  

We are promoting “3km of walking per day” to get us all to think more about walking in place of making short car journeys. We are also encouraging our participants to use public transport and shared car transport for arriving at and returning from the race.  

ACTION 2: WE WILL RECYCLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE  

This year we have used recyclable (eco-friendly) materials in the production of our race t-shirts. We have also partnered with PETCO to collect and recycle all plastic bottles and other rubbish consumed and produced on race day. 

ACTION 3: WE WILL ENCOURAGE THE DISPOSAL OF RUBBISH  

In collaboration with UNICEF, we are promoting a “Poo to the Loo” message to highlight the impact of faeces on the health and environment of our children. Rubbish bins will be placed along the racecourse every 250m. 

ACTION 4: WE WILL USE LESS PLASTIC,

This year we are using a lighter water bottle for participants to make it easier for recycling. Our goody bag is also made of a non-plastic material which can be reused for shopping by participants. 

ACTION 5: WE WILL USE LESS PAPER

We no longer use paper for registering participants. All registration has been done electronically. Participants also receive their race magazine electronically in place of printed magazines. 

We invite all our participants and stakeholders to join us in this campaign and to contribute positively to the sustainability of our environment.  

#GoGreen