Jan 10 2021

Ethiopia: Thousands take part in the Great Ethiopian Run despite pandemic

The 20th Great Ethiopian Run gathered thousands of people in Addis Ababa, Sunday, in what was reportedly the largest African sporting event to take place since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to health concerns, organisers reduced the number of participants of 50,000 runners down to 12,500. The race featured a wave start to ensure more social distancing, all runners also had their temperatures checked and masks were mandatory when on the course.

‘I’m participating in the Great Ethiopian Run for the fourth time. This year has been special because the run [is taking place] during COVID times. Plus, as you know, in other parts of the world, people are in lockdown, but we are enjoying the celebration.”

Competitors wearing outfits in Ethiopia’s national colours could be seen warming up before the race and partying afterwards.

The elite races featured 300 athletes, with Abe Gashahun and Tsigie Gebreselama – two Ethiopians – finishing first in the men’s and women’s race respectively.

The 20th Great Ethiopian Run was previously scheduled to take place on November 15 but it was pushed back due to the pandemic.


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