Sunday 10 February 2019, Hawassa – races: 21km, 7km and children’s races
Join Run Africa’s tailor-made training programmes us in the picturesque hills surrounding Addis Ababa to prepare for your Hawassa Half Marathon!
Hawassa lies 275km south of Addis Ababa, at an altitude of 1700m. It is the regional capital of southern Ethiopia and a paradise of wildlife, beauty and relaxed atmosphere. Hawassa town is an excellent location for long distance races because of its lower altitude than the Ethiopian Highlands, as well as its flat ground. Lake Hawassa makes an unique setting for running: a section of the course runs alongside the lake shore, decorated with fishing boats and gigantic Marabou Storks.
Expect temperatures of 12-15°C in the early morning, rising to around 30°C in the middle of the day – by which time you will be relaxing ‘Rift Valley lakeside’ after the race, sipping fruit juice in the company of guereza monkeys, kingfishers and ibis.
International participants can register online from 1st of June 2018 to 2nd of February 2019
Registration fee is 50 GBP for international participants.
Addis Ababa is a continental hub serving a variety of carriers via Bole International Airport (ADD) including Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai and Lufthansa.
Visas are required for all foreign visitors to Ethiopia with the exception of Kenyan nationals. However, most countries are able to receive a tourist visa on arrival. Consult the Ethiopian consulate or embassy website from your country of origin.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Due to the altitude of Run Africa training venues, malaria does not occur and there is no need to take an anti-malarial drugs. However if you wish to stay on and travel to other parts of the country we advise you to consult a doctor. If you are travelling from a country with a risk of yellow fever you will need to be vaccinated. Consult the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention site. In terms of safety, millions of tourists visit Ethiopia each year and it is safe by any standard. Just use common sense when traveling with valuables or outside of the tour group. For more information refer to your Foreign Office or Department of State website.
Ethiopia is abundant in natural beauty and historical sites! If you would like to extend your stay beyond the tour to go on safari, visit tribes of the Omo Valley or see rock-hewn churches of Lalibela (to name but a few diverse adventures), we can help. We love to share our knowledge of this incredible country, and are happy to discuss opions with you.