About Run Africa
“Where is Run Africa based?” We are based in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Surrounded by the little-known hills, meadows and forest trails of Kotebe, Entoto, Sululta, Sendafa and more, ours is a world-class location for high-altitude East African training which matches the more famous Kenyan sites. We run programmes in Addis Ababa and Bekoji and work with a network of partners and advisors in Ethiopia, the UK, Kenya and Uganda.
“Is it just a running club?” Run Africa is both a fitness and events company and a registered competitive athletics club. In terms of social development and support to our athletes, we believe that a self-sustaining business approach contributes better to ambition, wellbeing and than initiatives which rely purely on charitable funding.
“What languages are spoken?” Our programmes are conducted in English or Amharic, but we also speak French, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Dutch. If you would like support in a language other than English, let us know. During your visit you can learn some basic Amharic and Oromo.
“What can I do to support aspiring athletes in East Africa?” If you enjoyed your experience with us and want to find out more about how you can continue to support our athletes, we can tell you more about our skill-broadening programmes in massage, bus driving, hairdressing and English language, which started in 2017. You might also be interested in the work of our partner organisation Girls Gotta Run.
About our training programmes
“Do you provide tailored programmes, camps and/or tours for me or my running club?” Yes we do! Explore our training programmes for individuals and groups and then register your interest, giving us as much information as you can about how long you would like to come, your preferred race distance (if any) and other information, and we’ll customise an itinerary to suit you.
“What level of runner must I be to join one of your programmes?” A passion for fitness is all you need! We cater to all levels of ability, from total novices and keen walkers to international elites. Our personalised coaching and small training groups allow us to find the right kind of challenge for everyone. If your goal is to improve a personal best time, our athlete trainers will help you get there. Similarly, if you have milder athletic ambitions, training alongside one of our local running guides can be a hugely motivating experience that will educate and encourage you toward a more independent fitness lifestyle long term.
“Can Run Africa accommodate my own training routine?” We pride ourselves in offering authentic East African training routines suited to the locale, but we are also happy to accommodate any specific training routines that you might want to include.
“Is accommodation included in the price of your programmes?” For groups and clubs, yes it is. Meanwhile, many of our individual visitors prefer to arrange their own accommodation: we can included or not, depending on your preference. We are also happy to make recommendations.
“Can I extend my stay?” Yes you can! We’ll adapt your programme to suit the time you can visit and can help you extend it if you decide to, including recommending partner tour companies for you to visit other parts of the country.
About health and travel concerns
“Is it safe to travel to Ethiopia?” Unrest in some towns of Oromia and Amhara Regions in 2017 has now calmed down, and the government and police presence remains strong throughout the country. Tourism activity continues as normal, as does life in Addis Ababa – where almost all of our training and excursions take place. Don’t hesitate to contact us for an update on the situation here. Day to day, meanwhile, crime rates in Ethiopia are extremely low, including in urban areas. It is safe to walk around in the evening. Meanwhile, pickpocketing in busy areas is not uncommon and road traffic is haphazard, especially at rush-hour times.
“What medical precautions should I take before visiting?” You should be covered by international health insurance when you travel abroad. You should also visit your government’s travel-health advice website. There is no malaria or tropical disease in the highland areas, but if you wish to travel to hotter, lowland parts of the country such as the south and west, we suggest that you consult with a doctor. If you have special medical needs, we are happy to discuss them with you.