9 Apr 2018 – Did you know that Abebe Bikila, who started running as a shepherd boy in the hills of Ethiopia and was the first black African to win Olympic gold, also acted for Kon Ichikawa’s ‘Tokyo Olympiad’, a documentary about the 1964 Summer Olympic Games? There was nowhere on the marathon course to film a runner with the Olympic cauldron flame. The director Ichikawa wanted the scene so he asked Bikila to run there the day after the race. Bikila agreed and ran 100 meters for him. When an assistant sprayed water on Bikila’s neck to make him look like he was sweating, “Bikila appeared offended but ran pleasantly,” cameraman Masuo Yamaguchi recalled. A four-second clip from the acting scene was included in the original film release.
6 Apr 2018 – “Teff is the go-to food of some of the best runners in the world. In Ethiopia, most famously, it is used to prepare the traditional sourdough bread injera which is served as a staple side dish to spicy stews. Teff is rich in vitamins, iron, lysin and calcium and, above all, is gluten-free. These attributes make teff a perfect food for athletes.”
– photograph: teff brownies by Amanda Paa of Heartbeet Kitchen
3 Apr 2018 – “Highlights of our hiking excursion were the amazing views, spotting a hyena, the camaraderie in the group, Run Africa’s knowledge of the area, and the sense of accomplishment at the end.” LaToya from Chicago back when hiking with us. Read here for more information on hiking with us around Addis Ababa area’s such as Sululta, Anqorcha Forest and even going the long haul to Bekoji. See birds, baboons, hyena’s and breathtaking views.
31 Mar 2018 – ‘As if my life wasn’t bad enough, Arsenal is adding insult to injury. Alright for Wenger though, he has it easy.’ Slowly fading away on Addis taxis. We feel you Arsenal fans. All those years of hardship. Is the love fading away forever now?
21 Mar 2018 – Repost from Yassin (Italy), who ran with us last year: “Running in Ethiopia is such a unique experience! Altitude training at no less than 2,400m. Endless trails through forests, meadow and gravel. Bumping into elite runners or wild animals! Continuous efforts and dedication. Waking up no later than at 6am to find out everyone’s already out training! Erasing your training routines and learn running is an art that goes with feelings more than your stopwatch and schedule. An explosive mix of colours, people, energy. But it is also exploring how people really live and how poverty looks like. Tin shed housing, bumpy unpaved roads and children playing in the street, and welcoming smiles always there to meet runners. Thanks to @runafrica team and all Ethiopian runners!”
18 Mar 2018 – Gymnast Simone Biles credits her surefootedness to her powers of concentration — and 30 minutes of core work every day. Both apply perfectly to distance running. How is your balance on the road?
– Biles photographed by Jean Roy, Vogue, April 2016
14 Mar 2018 – On Sunday our female club runners squad here in Addis was joined in the UN Women First 5k by girls from Bekoji. These girls are led by Coach Fetiha, the first ever female coach in Bekoji, herself trained by the legendary Sentayehu Eshetu in the town credited with more Olympic medals than India, Indonesia and Pakistan combined. And a hotbed for great runners such as the Dibabas, Bekele and some of these young ladies to come in the future.
12 Mar 2018 – “I was not used to running so early in the morning, but afterwards I felt full of energy and ready for the day. The training sessions had a good flow, and dynamic stretches at the end was new for me. To run with athletes at this level was a great feeling.” Laura from Switzerland on a break in Ethiopia.
9 Mar 2018 – 5th in Dubai Marathon. Married 7 days later. Many happy returns and honeymoon throwbacks to Sisay Lemma and Hana Senyi!
6 Mar 2018 – Another great one for Ethiopia at the 2018 Birmingham World Indoor Championships. Congrats to Genzebe Dibaba, Samuel Tefera, Yomif Kejelcha, and Selemon Barega for bringing home four gold and one silver medal. And what a fantastic 1500m race. It looked like Sifan Hassan was going for that top spot but Dibaba’s increase in speed is just too much for anyone to keep up. Great race by Laura Muir as well.
3 Mar 2018 – We are currently advertising the following full-time position:
Marketing & Sales Agent
2 Mar 2018 – Look closely. These $2 strapped foam sandals are gaining ground in Ethiopia. They make a mockery of all the tech-mad shoe hype nowadays. Amogne Sendeku won two Chinese marathons in his plastic sandals last year – more on that later. Our runner Habtamu Sisay came 59th in one of the highest-calibre cross-country races in the world at Jan Meda, Addis Ababa. Plastic Fantastic, man!
26 Feb 2018 – Here are some of our photos from the 35th Jan Meda International Cross Country, Ethiopia’s most competitive cross-country race. It’s a world-class field and we had our best ever results for Run Africa AC!
In the women’s 8K Shewaye Erpesa finished 34th and Kassahun Adamte finished 49th in the men’s 8K. In the men’s 10K we had 5 finishers in the top 💯 – while even the likes of Moktar Edris and Mosinet Geremew either dropped out from the strong heat or finished low down the field.
21 Feb 2018 – Thank you for your inspiration and great chats, Henry and Stefani! We hope some of the Addis weather made it back with you to ease up the Boston winter. Determination always inspires: a rocky tumble and graze on day 1 did not stop Stefani from running 90 minutes on day 2 – at 2,650m altitude. All this just six months after having a baby. Be like Stefani and join one of our training programmes,, either when you are visiting Ethiopia or are based in Ethiopia.
18 Feb 2018 – We filmed a snippet of the exciting pre-race anticipation before the women’s elite chapter of the Hawassa Half Marathon 2018.
16 Feb 2018 – Hawassa Half Marathon 2018. Our female runner Birtukan Mekonen unfortunately dropped early on, but Kassahun Adamte managed a 14th place in the men’s elite race with a sharp time of 1:06:19. In the mass run, Ed Stevens achieved second place with 1:24:41 and Phil Knowles, who’s following a training programme at Run Africa, did well with a time of 1:54:21. Might you join us in February 2019? Contact us for more details.
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