The 10th anniversary of Africa’s biggest mass road race, the Great Ethiopian Run, was held in Addis Ababa on 21st November. A new addition to this year's event was a prize category for eight government organisations representing the eight Millennium Development Goals. This year's race message is "We Can end Poverty".

Over 35,000 runners including tourists, international athletes and diplomats took part in the race on a new course which included the Gotera overpass and which has been designed to cater for larger numbers.

 

Sule Utura, the 2008 World Junior 5,000m champion, and Azmeraw Bekele, the national Cross Country champion, were the winners of this year’s race.

The event was more of a domestic event when it first took place 10 years ago with 10,000 athletes taking part and no international athletes. But as the event’s popularity and exposure grew, so did the number of international athletes competing. This year’s high profile guests included Ireland’s John Treacy, Netherland’s triple World Half Marathon champion Lornah Kiplagat and Spain’s 1997 and 1999 World Marathon Champion Abel Anton. More than 250 participants from abroad also took part in the race, many raising money for charity.

To expand the popularity of the event, a 30-minute documentary was produced and will be broadcast worldwide to promote sports tourism in Ethiopia.