9 May 2021 – Today took place the 25th Marathon Relay in Addis Ababa. Each club selected a team of 7 athletes who ran a combined distance of 42,2 kilometers. Run Africa team finished 9th, making it to the top 10 of the race. Well done!

18 April 2021 – Happy Birthday Haile Gebreselassie, friend of Run Africa and Ethiopian King of long distance running! We wish you many years and miles to come in the future.

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2 April 2021 – Athletes from Run Africa AC successfully completed a 9-day training program in ‘Life Skills’. They learned to identify their personal skills, how to set and achieve life goals with help from an action plan and how to express themselves in various situations. Well done team!

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22 March 2021 – Today is World Water Day. Inspired by #MinaGuli, we ran 5K with team #Aquaforall in order to raise awareness about water and sanitary challanges in Ethiopia and the rest of the world. A team of #RunAfrica athlete trainers guided the runners through the forests of Addis Ababa.

Let’s #valuingwater every day, everywhere.

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6 March 2021 – The first edition of Entoto Park’s Predator Run was so much fun! Run Africa’s runners Rebecca and Charlie finished 1st and 2nd in their categories, proving to the whole of Addis Ababa that training with a Run Africa elite athlete trainer does pay off. Well done!

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18 February 2021 – Run Africa AC received a generous donation in the form of running shoes from runner Matthieu Odoux and Cap Marathon Running Conseil. Good quality running shoes are scarce in Ethiopia, which makes the donation extra special. Merci beaucoup!


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31 January 2021 – The International Cross-Country race is Ethiopia’s most prestigeous race, serving as THE platform for new talent to get discovered. The 2021 edition was a special one as it was held at Sululta rather than good old Jan Meda. The race truly got international this year with a Kenyan national finishing top-3. Senior 10k results:
1. Nibret Melak ETH – 30:09
2. Daniel Simiu KEN – 30:13
3. Teres Tolosa ETH – 30:21


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2 January 2021 – Thanks to many donors to our crowdfunding campaign, we have been able to restart Run Africa Atheltics Club training under lead of Head Coach Negash Habte. Our athletes are motivated to train hard for upcoming races in 2021.


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6 December 2020 – Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba has won Valencia Half-Marathon with an impressive time of 1h05: 18. Genzebe is one of the famous Dibaba sisters along with Tirunesh and Ejegayehu Dibaba who have won plenty of medals for Ethiopia in the past.
Berhanu Legesse won the bronze medal for Ethiopia at the full Marathon distance.


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21 November 2020 – Congratulations to Tesfa Tours and SimienEcoTours for successfully organising Ride the Rift 2020. Congratulations also to the winners Solomon from Ethiopia and Libby from the UK.
Run Africa’s Ilse finished second and so had the opportunity to elbow with our partner Dr Sileshi Girma from Ethiopia Land of Origins whose support was indespensable to the success of the event.


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15 November 2020 – The date that should have hosted Great Ethiopian Run’s 20th edition hosted a more covid-friendly Bike-Run Relay instead. Run Africa’s runners Matthieu and Wojtek participated as well as Run Africa’s athlete trainer Gezaw. Wojtek and Gezaw’s team finished second. Well done!


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11 November 2020 – Friend of Run Africa and 2h18 marathoner Dr. Michael Crawely has published his book ‘Out of Thin Air’. The book recounts the magic experience of running in the Ethiopian Highlands with Worlds most passionate athletes. The book is available in Book World, Addis Ababa. Buy it. Read it.

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31 October 2020 – International Samaritan 5k race, Round 1. Run in style. Upfront cash prizes for the elite race winners and ETB 75.000 being raised to equip and train 49 of the charity’s target children with laptops in Addis Ababa.

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17 October 2020- Well done Yelamzerf Yehualaw to bring home Bronze for Ethiopia all the way from Gdynia, Poland. Also our congratulations to Peres Jepchirchir, who broke her own World Record for best Half-Marathon time. And we celebrate for Amdework Walelign who also gained a bronze medal for Ethiopia!

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10 October 2020 – Entoto is one of our favourite training locations! A newly established Entoto Park has been inaugurated on 10th October by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Run Africa CEO Rekik Bekele was also present and ran along PM Abiy to join him in a serious running training there.

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5 October 2020 – Ethiopia celebrates as Shura Kitata (ETH) wins London Marathon! Kitata won an impressive end-sprint with Kipchamba (KEN) and Sisay Lemma (ETH) finishing just a few seconds after.
The women’s race was won by Brigid Kosgei (KEN) and victory in the wheelchair’s race went to Nikita Den Boer (NED) at the women’s and Brent Lakatos (CAN) at the men’s category. What a day!


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28 September 2020 – Run Africa welcomes back to Ethiopia Wojtek Odzimek. Wojtek lives in Addis Ababa and trains regularly with his athlete guide Gezaw. This summer, Wojtek competed in four triathlon races in Europe, obtaining 2x 1st, 2nd and 4th positions! We hope that the high altitude training sessions with Run Africa have contributed to this success. Well done, Wojtek!


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6 September 2020 – Run Africa Athlete Guide Gafe achieved a 4th position at the 15k Senior Race at Legedadi Legetafo with a time of 0:57. The race was organized by the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) and offers senior and veteran athletes of 50+ years the opportunity to compete. Congratulations, Gafe!!


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4 June 2020 – Run Africa completed it’s first successful 5K virtual run and supported the Ethiopian government in combatting COVID-19. The initiative came from our partner Great Ethiopian Run and will continue until June 7th after which the total amount of donations will be communicated.


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27 May 2020 – Our partner Growth Africa has set our founder and CEO Rekik Bekele in the spotlights! Learn more about Run Africa and Growth Africa on this blog: http://bit.ly/2MY8RAo

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16 May 2020 – Ethiopian top athletes have been running at home to raise funds to fight coronavirus in the country. The virtual run, organized by the ‘Grand African Run’ and the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, attracted runners from across the globe. The money raised will be donated to two Ethiopia-based non-profit organizations that are helping the country’s efforts against the virus. Tirunesh Dibaba, who ran in an empty stadium, said, “I run with you all!”


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13 April 2020 – One secret of Ethiopian athletics unveiled: how to take care of the body after training with dynamic stretches. Watch and learn from our video.

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3 April 2020 – Norwegian journalist Pål Vegard Hagesæther visited us in Addis Ababa to explore some of the secrets of Ethiopia’s long-distance runners. His findings were published in Aftenposten magazine in Norwegian; here’s the English version.

Photo credit: Paal Audes

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30 March 2020 – Eloquent, evocative article about us in the British running magazine Like the Wind, by journalist Megan Brownrigg. Click here for a really great read!

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