19 February 2019 – We feel so honoured to be a part of JSI’s FUN RUN at “Jan Meda” celebrating 25 years of partnership to improve public health. We truly believe that what you are doing is changing lives across the country and we wish you many more years of success to come.
15 February 2019 – Adding to the corruption, the rise in the number of independent athlete managers is becoming a big problem in East African countries. Rather than supporting and helping the athletes, these managers tire them out and try to find a way to make more money off of them. The limited access to international races and good representatives makes the athletes open to extortion. Run Africa thinks it’s everyone’s responsibility to protect the athletes and show them the right way to achieve their dream. With the right foundation and basic knowledge of management, these athletes can have a proper career that can extend more than just one or two races.
14 February 2019 – Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
7 February 2019 – The most frequent question we get asked is, Will I be able to keep up with the athletes? And we always answer, ABSOLUTELY. From beginner to professional, our athletes are used to working with a different level of runners all the time. They are there to support, guide and motivate you. Occasionally, you might get a little whooping here and there but if you are in Ethiopia, you might as well run like an Ethiopian. If that’s even possible.
24 January 2019 – There you go!! Our fearless boss representing Ethiopia at the UNWTO and NEPAD African Tourism Tech Adventure Master class, as one of the finalists of the competition from Africa which included representatives from Senegal, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
23 January 2019 – We’ve been itching to tell you this news! Now that they are back from China, we take great pleasure in announcing that Run Africa athletes Bertukan Mekonen and Tseganesh Yerdu came 3rd and 7th in the 2018 Yangtze River Three Gorges International Marathon. Then, just seven days later later, they finished 3rd and 4th in the Shenzhen Bao’an International Half Marathon. JUST SEVEN DAYS LATER! “ኮርተንባቹሀል”
21 January 2019 – Did you know that you can find these random workout areas in the forests where athletes usually train? Because athletes don’t have the time to go to gyms and have to exercise while running, they built these wooden training areas so that anyone can join while running. These natural gyms in the forest help the athletes build their strength without going to an actual fitness center.
14 January 2019 – There is something special about watching your country’s flag being raised in front of the whole world while listening to your national anthem. The feeling you get knowing that it’s because of you. Honouring something bigger than yourself. Your country. Your people. Your motherland. In this case, it’s the 1964 Tokyo Olympics where Abebe Bikila took the Gold medal and put his country on the spotlight.
9 January 2019 – Being an athlete in Ethiopia is hard but being a female on top of that is harder. Most women athletes come from the countryside to the big city without any knowledge or basic life skills which makes them vulnerable. They come to depend on men for day-to-day breadwinning and house rent which makes them exposed to abuse and extortion. Run Africa addresses this by drawing on our personalised athletics training and tourism packages with professional and personal skills development for the members of our club. We believe this gives our women the confidence and ability to win not only on the track but in their everyday life.
1 January 2019 – We’re not always about high altitude training and mountain hiking excursions. Sometimes we’re just about having a good time and showing off your moves. We guess you can call this part Dance Africa.
31 December 2018 – Another one of our Hiking Adventures and this time, it’s a couple of little girls we found just outside of town who stole our hearts with their smile.
20 December 2018 – ‘Chechebsa’, the primary food of our athletes. Growing up in Ethiopia every kid has been told by his mom ‘if you want to grow up and be like Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu then you should eat more Chechebsa.’ Crunchy goodness. Finely hand-kneaded unleavened gluten-free Teff flour tossed in buttery berbere sauce. But the influence of this food extends far more than that. Most elite Ethiopian athletes hail from rural backgrounds and move to the city to pursue athletics. They struggle to get enough money to have optimal nutrition and maintain their body in shape. And ‘Chechebsa’ is the only food that is available for a reasonable price that has a good diet.
18 December 2018 – Budhia Singh, also known as ‘The Marathon Boy’, is a former Indian long-distance runner who was listed as the world’s youngest marathon runner in 2006. He ran an astonishing 40 Miles (65 Km) in seven hours and two minutes at the age of only 5.
28 November 2018 – This is what Run Africa is all about. Two countries with different cultures joined by the sport that they love in the land of runners. Explore each other’s traditions and discover the secrets of the Ethiopian highlands. Learn, love and laugh together.
1 November 2018 – Africa Dot Com’s identification of the ten best ever African female athletes, as of 2018, included three Ethiopians. In no particular order, they were Meseret Defar (ETH), Derartu Tulu (ETH), Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH), Maria Lourdes Mutola (MOZ), Kirsty Leigh Coventry (ZIM), Françoise Mbango (CAM), Caster Semenya (RSA), Isabelle Sambou (SEN), Nawal El Moutawakel (MOR) and Portia Modise (RSA).
25 October 2018 – Throwback: d’you recognise Rui from our promo video? Having breakfast the Ethio-athlete way. Injera ferfer, chechebsa, biscuits, coffee and avo-nana juice. Almost zero fat + plenty of carb + plenty of protein.
19 October 2018 – Visa-free entry to Ethiopia for all Africans beginning very shortly! A huge step forward for the country’s business, tourism, airline and continental relations. Positive ramifications for travelling athletes also inevitable.
17 October 2018 – Ethiopian athletes don’t generally make a habit of fried anything, but we couldn’t avoid a cluck-cluck chuckle at this yesterday (on World Food Day).
15 October 2018 – British Sikh Fauja Singh is the first known centenarian marathoner. Born in 1911, he ran the 2011 Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 8:11:06. Fauja is vegetarian – ‘My diet is phulka, dal, green vegetables, yogurt, milk, lots of water and tea with ginger. I don’t touch fried food.’ On the marathon: ‘The first 20 miles aren’t difficult. As for the last 6 miles, I run while talking to God.’
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