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.
Participants can register up to 2 February 2019. The fee is £50.00 GBP for international participants, but our inclusive packages include this.
FLIGHTS & VISAS
Addis Ababa Bole (ADD) is a continental airline hub, serving a variety of carriers including Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai and Lufthansa. Join any of our programmes to qualify for a 12% flight discount. Meanwhile, with the exception of Kenyan nationals, visas are required for all foreign visitors to Ethiopia, bookable online here.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Malaria does not occur in the Ethiopian highlands and so there is no need to take anti-malarial drugs before coming here. If you plan to travel to lowland parts of the country, however, it is sensible to consult a clinic. If you are travelling from a country with a risk of yellow fever, for example, you will need to be vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control website (Ethiopia page) may provide additional information for you. In terms of safety, meanwhile, millions of tourists visit Ethiopia each year, and the country is considered safe. You must use common sense when traveling with valuables, meanwhile. Aggravated crime is extremely rare here but pick-pocketing in busy areas is not unusual. For more information, please also 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 to go on safari, visit tribes of the Omo Valley or see rock-hewn churches of Lalibela and or Tigray – to name but a few of the many diverse adventures on offer – we can help. We love to share our knowledge of this incredible country and are happy to discuss options with you.
The packages described above can also be modified to suit you. Contact us for more information. See also our Frequently Asked Questions.