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THE GREAT ETHIOPIAN RUN

In Ethiopia Athletics Federation: The great Ethiopian road race have been part and parcel of the annual athletics calendar for some decades now, but in Africa, they do not come much bigger than the Toyota Great Ethiopian run, whose 5th edition took place on 27 November 2005 in Addis Ababa, with the start and finish in Meskel square at the heart of the capital. Since its inaugural edition took place in 2001, the Great Ethiopian run has established itself as one of the most important races in the road racing calendar and regularly as the most eagerly-awaited social gathering in Ethiopia.

The race has seen some of Ethiopia's finest runners take part in the previous four editions and there was no shortage of elites again this time. This year's more than 35,000 participants took part in making the event Africa's largest 10 kilometers road race.

''Kenya was represented by more than ten runners as Kenya aimed to end Ethiopia's stronghold of the event. Apart from the main elite's race, there was a race between twelve ambassadors based in Ethiopia.'' Mr. Myles Wick stead, former British Ambassador to Ethiopia and one of the masterminds behind the Great Ethiopian run project, won the title of three consecutive years between 2001 and 2003 before concluding his term of office in Ethiopia and his successor Bob Dewar was determined to regain the British crown after losing to Dutch Ambassador Mr. Rob Vermaas last year.

Mostly the great Ethiopian run was officially opened by the world renowned Ethiopian Athlete, Haile Gebre Selassie, the Romania women Gabriela Szabo and some other honorable guests. In the Ambassadors race, victory went to the French Ambassador Mr. Stephan Gompertz, who again foiled the attempts of his British counterpart.

Maz Ethiopia Tour in collaboration with the organizing committee can reserve tickets for people who are interested in attending the great Ethiopian run held’s in the capital city and sightseeing tour to the attractions of the country. Once the fixed date is set, it is possible to combine it with tour package of the countries attraction. So please don’t hesitate to contact us for any tailor made package requests and we have devoted ourselves utmost for your interest.

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