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Ethiopian Great Run Festivals

Ethiopian Great Run is 10 KM annual  road running event which held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia  in late of November and this  competition was first envisioned by neighbors Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie, Peter Middlebrook and Abi Masefield in late October 2000, following Haile’s return from the 2000 Summer Olympics. Middlebrooks established the proposal which Masefield presented to Brendan Foster, originator of the Great Run series at the advice of her mother and close friend, Andrea Won for. Richard Nerurkar arrived in March 2001 at which point Peter Middlebrooks shared the idea with former British Ambassador to Ethiopia Myles Wick stead, who subsequently championed the race.

The elite race attracts a number of prominent runners. Haile Gebrselassie won the inaugural men’s race and at the second edition many of the country’s top long-distance runners competed, with Gebre Egzyabher Gebremariam, Sileshi Sihine and Kenenisa Bekele comprising the top three in the men’s race and Worknesh Kidane and Tirunesh Dibaba taking first and second in the women’s race. Although more established competitors do take part, the race is known for highlighting the best of Ethiopia’s up-and-coming running talent – many of the race’s podium finishers, little-known at the time, have gone on to achieve success on the global stage