International Participants 10KM




Our International 10km is one of the liveliest and most colorful races
you can experience the world of mass-participation running.

The event is Ethiopia’s biggest street party,
with tens of thousands of Ethiopians running, walking and dancing their way along the route,
led by Ethiopia’s world-famous international runners.

Every year we welcome international participants from around the world
who come to Ethiopia for this unique running experience.

We can help you design your itinerary so that you make the most of your time in Ethiopia. Combining race participation with other travels in Ethiopia will give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this amazing country with its own unique history and culture.
“If there’s one race you should run in your lifetime, it’s the Great Ethiopian Run 10km.
To say it is electric is an understatement.
It’s more than a race, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.”


To register as an individual for the international 10km race, please click on the link below.
You will be taken to our registration partner site.
Cost of entry: £70 includes race t-shirt and entry to the pre-race pasta party


Would you like to experience more of Ethiopia’s running culture by training in the forests above Addis where all of Ethiopia’s world-class runners train.
As an add-on to your participation in the 10km, we can arrange this for you,
whether you are here as an individual or with friends or with a larger group.
We can also suggest places to stay where you will have better access
for training away from the streets of the capital.
Please email for more details.
For 2022 Sofi Malt Great Ethiopian Run International 10km Result click here. 

Great Ethiopian Run, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been using its flagship event, the Great Ethiopian Run 10km International, to support people in need in our community. Our official “Running for a Cause” fundraising campaign serves as the platform to collect donations. Last year we have raised over 1.6 million birr which made the total fund raised in the last five years to over 7.1 Million birr. This year, we have set a fundraising target of 1 Million Birr. Great Ethiopian Run has supported financially and promoted the work of different organizations working with vulnerable children, women and the elderly.

2022 Beneficiaries and Fundraising Target

Every year, two or three charitable organizations benefit from this campaign. In 2022, three beneficiaries are selected:

  1. Imagine one day
  2. Action for development
  3. Mujejeguwa Loka Women Development Association

This year’s target money to be raised is 1 million birr.

Please join our charity campaign. Make the race special and leave a legacy behind. Click here to join!

Week 6

Athlete Haile’s – Respected advice

My main advice at this point is: start your training now! It doesn’t matter how you train. I run in the forest and also train in the gym. For you, it may be different. But whether it’s running or gym training, whether it’s morning or evening, what counts is a good routine. And for this you need discipline! And one final thing: if you’re new to training, start gently!

Training suggestion: Walk for 20-30 minutes every other day.

Start with this when it is 6 weeks before the race!

Week 5

HAILE – Respected advice

Last week I said: start your training gently. Now my advice is: build up gradually. In other words, step by step. I always say: don’t rush training! It takes time to build fitness. Remember what I said last week: routine and discipline are everything!

Training suggestion: Walk 10 minutes – jog 2 minutes – walk 5 minutes – jog 2 minutes – walk 5 minutes

Do the session above twice this week. The third session should be a 20-30 minute walk.

Week 4

HAILE – Respected advice

This week, let me advise something a bit different. We call it interval training. The idea is: you push hard and then have a short
recovery, and then you repeat this. This is a great way of increasing your fitness. It’s also a nice change from just running at one pace.

Training suggestion:

Session 1: Walk 5minutes – jog 1 minute – walk 1 minute (repeat 5x) – walk 5 minutes

Session 2: Walk 5 minutes – – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes – jog 5 minutes – walk 5 minutes

Session 3: repeat session 1

Session 4: Walk 10 minutes – jog 4 minutes – walk 2 minutes – – jog 4 minutes – walk 2 minutes

Week 3

HAILE – Respected advice

Practice running uphill! You can do this on a treadmill in a gym by changing the gradient. It’s even better if you can run up hills outside. Find a good hill, which is not too steep and with a good running surface. Run up it (for about a minute) and then walk down. Repeat this six times. Hard work – but great for your fitness!

Training suggestion:

Session 1: Walk 5 minutes – jog 2 minutes – rest – hill session (as above) – walk 10 minutes

Session 2: Walk 3 minutes – – jog 3 minutes – (repeat 4 times) – walk 5 minutes

Session 3: repeat session 1

Session 4: Walk 3 minutes – – jog 5 minutes – (repeat 3 times) – walk 5 minutes


Week 2

HAILE – Respected advice

This is the final week of hard training – leaving it until next week will be too late. So this week test yourself! As a test, you could try timing yourself over 2km. Then have a short recovery. Then run another 2km followed by another short recovery. One final bit of advice: eat well and stay healthy! 

Training suggestion:

Session 1: Walk 5 minutes – test yourself over 2km (and repeat, as above) – walk 5 minutes 

Session 2: Walk 3 minutes – – jog 3 minutes – (repeat 4 times) – walk 5 minutes 

Session 3: Walk 5 minutes – jog 1 minute – walk 1 minute (repeat 8x) – walk 5 minutes 

Session 4: Walk 10 minutes – – jog 10 minutes – (repeat 3 times)  

1 Week to Go!

Final week

HAILE – Respected advice

This week my advice is: don’t do too much! So: keep training, but gentle training is now better than hard training! Think about the race. Yes, lots of participants! – and they will help you get around. Also, you need energy and determination. Check you know the course, and don’t start too fast!

Training suggestion:

Session 1: Walk 2 minutes – jog 8 minutes – walk 2 minutes – jog 8 minutes – walk 2 minutes

Session 2: Walk 10 minutes – jog 4 minutes – walk 2 minutes – (repeat 3 times) – walk 2 minutes

How much does the entry fee cost?

The entry fee for international participants for the 10km race is £70. This fee includes a race t-shirt and entry to the pre-race pasta party which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa on the Saturday evening immediately before the race. The entry fee for international participants for the Hawassa half-marathon is £70 which also includes a race t-shirt and entry to the pre-race pasta party. 

What is the easiest way of flying to Ethiopia?

We recommend Ethiopian Airlines – by far the quickest and easiest way of flying to Ethiopia. By using Ethiopian Airlines for your international flights you also get discounts on internal flights. 

Do I need a visa for Ethiopia?

Most international visitors do need a visa to enter Ethiopia and many foreign visitors can apply for an e-visa before travelling to Ethiopia. Check if you need a visa on the Ethiopian Embassy website  

How do I obtain local currency?  

Ethiopian birr is not available outside Ethiopia. You can get birr from local banks (also situated inside the international terminal building at Addis Ababa International Airport) and at ATMs.  

Do most people speak English?  

Amharic is the most commonly spoken language in Ethiopia. English is spoken in most hotels and restaurants in Addis Ababa and in most hotels and restaurants used by foreigners throughout the country.  

How do I collect my race pack for the race?  

One month before your race you will receive details of where to collect your race pack. If you have arranged your trip to Ethiopia through us, we will deliver your race pack to your hotel in Addis Ababa. This pack contains your race t-shirt and race magazine with important information about the race.  

Can I run for charity?

Participants in our races can fundraise either for their own charity or for ‘Running for a Cause’, the official fundraising campaign associated with our races. Individual participants registering online have the option to donate to Running for a Cause. Each year we nominate four local Ethiopian charity organisations as beneficiaries of this campaign.  

How can I get a photo of Haile Gebrselassie?  

Your best chance of doing this will be at the pre-race pasta party, entry for which is included in the race entry for international participants for both the 10km and 21km races.  

How will the altitude affect me?  

Addis Ababa is situated at 2,300m -2,400m, or 7,000-7,500 feet which is considered to be reasonably high altitude when you’re talking about doing any strenuous physical activity. So it will be unusual if you don’t feel the altitude, and particularly if you’re climbing stairs or walking briskly uphill. That said, any reasonably fit person should not be concerned about completing the 10km run. You can take it at your own pace, and there will be many others going more slowly than you who are not at all concerned about how long it is taking them! If you need more detailed advice about ways to acclimatise, please email your questions to

How can I best prepare for the race?  

Running 10km at altitude can feel as tough as a 15km race at sea-level. Doing longer training runs will help build more endurance. Also, give yourself more time to acclimatise to altitude by arriving in Ethiopia earlier in the week, or even one week before. Find out about the course route: the course usually used has a long uphill section in the second half. Email us for further details about the course being used this year.    

What COVID-19 precautions will be in place for the event?

A number of precautionary measures will be in place at the 10km road race to guard against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These will include: temperature checks as participants arrive at the start; availability of hand sanitisers at multiple locations around the start and finish; and a requirement for participants to wear masks in all assembly areas at the start until the point at which they start the run and after they finish the run. We are also developing a system for a wave system for the start which will enable participants to take part in the run with a degree of distancing. Although we have used wave starts in the past, for this race we will employ multiple waves with no more than 1,000 participants in each wave. Medals will be given to all finishers. We are finalising details of how medals will be given to participants. More details will be given shortly. 

Go Green 2022-23 Plan


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.


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.


Rubbish bins will be placed along the race course every 250m.

We’ll also put more portable toilets on race course


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.


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.


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. 

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