Working alongside our designated training programmes for overseas visitors and Ethiopia residents, Run Africa AC is our competitive athletics club. Registered with the Ethiopian and Addis Ababa Athletics Federations, the club comprises 45 male and female Ethiopian athletes. Training is led on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings by Negash Habte, former Ethiopian National Team Coach, for competitions in the 5k, 10k, half-marathon and marathon distances. Since its establishment in 2016, the club’s success in races has grown steadily, with eight athletes finishing in top-12 positions in 2017. This was followed by overseas accolades in 2018 with, Run Africa ladies finishing 3rd and 7th in China’s Yangtze River International Marathon and 3rd and 4th in the Shenzhen Bao’an International Half Marathon.
In addition to being a competitive club, Run Africa AC is also a platform for building skills and experience. With support from partners including Partnership for Change, a Norwegian development organisation, we train our athletes in skills which diversify their long-term employment opportunities. These include sports coaching, first aid, massage, English language, hairdressing and driving. Read more about this on our social contribution page.
Run Africa’s overall mission is to advance Ethiopia’s development of a self-sustaining sports-tourism sector by thriving as an exemplary business. To this end, as both company and club, we promote fairness, transparency, equal opportunities and cultural diversity in our work at all times.
So, ‘join the club’! Train with us! We don’t know anybody else who offers training with a fully fledged Ethiopian athletics club as part of a personalised, guided programme. All levels are catered for, and the sessions are structured so that you will not be left behind. See also our training section for visitors or for those based in Ethiopia.