Our flights to Kiliminjaro routed through Addis; your website is good and professional so we decided to go for it.
The best thing about training was running with the locals and seeing how they do things. I was surprised how different Ethiopian training is from American training. It made me realize that running with a community is helpful, and more fun. It is something I miss in the US, where people often prefer to run on their own. We loved the Addis Hash House Harriers experience too, that was extremely fun!
I have been training well for Boston and I think I have a good chance of breaking 3 hours this year. Kris has noticed lots of improvement in her form, thanks to your coaching. So thanks overall for an amazing week. You went above and beyond!
David and Kristina (California, USA)
This has been the highlight of my running career. It was awesome to run with Firezar and so many talented athletes through the Ethiopian terrain. I enjoyed every minute – including the hills! Firezar gave me great guidance and I successfully completed my first marathon two months later.
The team at Run Africa immediately responded to my online inquiry and within only a few days had arranged a personalized experience for me. They also helped me with accommodation, food and the must-sees of Addis. I refuelled on ‘injera’ and coffee at local restaurants, as advised!
I highly recommend Run Africa to runners of any calibre. As an expat in the Middle East, Ethiopia was an off-the-beaten-path destination, but the team had everything arranged perfectly. I can’t wait to return next year.
Kyle (Canada / Qatar)
It was a privilege to spend time with a world class Ethiopian athlete. My athlete guide gave me an insight into his schedule of training six times a week, twice a day. We ran among exquisite smelling eucalyptus trees in the hills. Of course, he tailored our runs perfectly to suit my (much lower!) level.
Run Africa went well beyond the call of duty to enhance my experience of Ethiopia. They introduced me to other runners and even entered me into a mass race that I wouldn’t have known about. That 10k was the perfect way to round off my running experience in Addis Ababa.
Dealing with Run Africa was a pleasure: from the moment I began liaising with them I immediately felt looked after. Whatever your level as a runner, if you are keen to have a special insight into Ethiopian running culture, look no further: I cannot speak highly enough of my experience.
Harry (London, UK)
I chanced upon Run Africa while in Addis and decided to take a look. Wow! Not much later I was up in the hills for my first day of training for the Great Ethiopian Run.
Firezar was so helpful and professional, knowing when to give me a break or to push just a little harder. Sometimes I was just about to give up and then he took a different route, with just a few steps downhill and oh – the relief! I don’t know how he calculates it, but it was welcome relief to invigorate and infuse more energy for the next steps uphill.
On the trails we met with other runners, professional and amateurs alike. I thought to myself, this is great… I get to run the same trails that Gebrselassie, Dibaba, Bekele and other great Ethiopian athletes have run! The feeling is awesome – I have enjoyed it immensely and it has changed me.
Clare (Kampala / Addis Ababa)