The 2024 Sofi Malt Lake Hawassa Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 11th February 2024.
The 12th edition of the Lake Hawassa Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 11th of February 2024. The event consists of a half-marathon, an 8km and children’s races. The 8km and children’s races start and finish in front of St. Gebriel Church (Smuda Monument) in the centre of Hawassa. The 21km starts in front of Gash Hussen house (Loqe area) and part of the half marathon route runs along the lake shore. There will be shower, water & entertainment stations along the course. The race will finish at in front of St. Gebriel Church (Smuda Monument).
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Our international 21 km is a very special running experience.
The race is for all runners of advanced levels.
At the front end, it attracts an impressive field of elite runners, but its main purpose has always been to encourage mass participation in running and judging by the ever-increasing demand for race places it has succeeded.
Go Green 2022-23 Plan
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 encourage participants living in close proximity (3km radius) to race venue to walk to and back from race venue on race day.
We are also encouraging our participants to use public transport and shared car transport for arriving at and returning from the race.
We will deploy electric cars to lead the elite race.
ACTION 2: WE WILL RECYCLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE
As in the past year’s race, we have used recyclable (eco-friendly) materials in the production of our race t-shirts & goody bags. We have continued our partnership with PETCO to collect and recycle all plastic bottles and other rubbish consumed and produced on race day.
ACTION 3: WE WILL ENCOURAGE DISPOSAL OF RUBBISH
Rubbish bins will be placed along the race course every 250m.
We’ll also put more portable toilets on race course
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 use more e-posters, e-fliers, e-invites
Re-use scrap papers for internal communication purposes
We put a disclaimer: “think about the environment before you print this email” on all our electronic communications as a reminder to our stakeholders.
ACTION 6: WE WILL WORK TO CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT ENVIRONMENT
Putting Go Green logo on every promotional materials
Scheduled (weekly/monthly) posts on social media about environment and GER’s Go Green 5 strands
Run social media campaigns to Teach/Train/Encourage people not to throw rubbish in their day to day activities
We invite all our participants and stakeholders to join us in this campaign and to contribute positively to the sustainability of our environment.