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The 2022 Safaricom Women First 5km took place on Sunday 13th March 2022. 

The WOMEN FIRST 5km, a 5km women’s-only run in Addis Ababa, was started in 2004 – the same year as the Athens Olympics – to recognize the achievements of Ethiopia’s great female athletes. It also aimed to support the broader changes regarding the role of women in Ethiopia’s economic and social life. Ethiopia’s double Olympic gold medallist Meseret Defar is the ambassador for this event.

WOMEN FIRST has grown into the biggest women’s-only run in Ethiopia and one of the biggest in Africa. The race takes place traditionally around the time of International Women’s Day on 8th March.

2021 saw the staging of the 18th edition of the event with the run held on 24th March 2021 and attracted 3,000 participants.

Each year, this race publicizes important social messages which focus on women’s empowerment. The message for the 18th edition was “Celebrating Women’s Achievement in Ethiopia”.

Registration for local participants for this event is now closed.

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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