Hawassa Half Marathon
As the official travel partner of Great Ethiopian Run, Tadele Travel is delighted to offer you a range of packages for the 2019 Hawassa Half Marathon which takes place in Hawassa, the capital of the southern region of Ethiopia, on Sunday 10th February 2019.
Hawassa is a picturesque lakeside city situated 275km from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, a four-hour drive by car. It lies at an altitude of 1700m above sea level with flat running terrain all around the city. On your trip to Ethiopia, expect warm sunshine from the moment you arrive in the capital Addis Ababa and as you travel through the Great Rift Valley to Hawassa. Daytime temperatures in Hawassa in February are 10-18°C in the early morning hours (until 9am) and peak at around 25-30°C in the middle of the day.
The Hawassa Half Marathon is an annual event organized by Ethiopia’s premier race organizing company Great Ethiopian Run. It was started in 2010 in conjunction with the launch of Haile Resort hotel, owned by Ethiopia’s greatest distance runner Haile Gebrselassie.
Haile Resort acts as the race headquarters for the event and is where most international runners stay over race weekend. Haile himself is present at the competition and, as an international participant, you will have chance to meet him in person.
- participate in a half-marathon race in Ethiopia
- meet Haile Gebrselassie
- travel through the Great Rift Valley
- train in the forests surrounding Addis Ababa with elite Ethiopian athletes
Tadele Travel can arrange your race entry which includes a complimentary pre-race pasta dinner at Haile Resort on Saturday 9th February, a 10-minute massage after finishing the race and a souvenir race finish photo.
“We packed so much into such a short visit. I felt you really tried to give us a flavour of what an amazing country it is – certainly much cleaner and greener than I had expected. I will never forget the smiling faces of the children we met, and the shouts of “faster run” beside Lake Hawassa just after daybreak! To meet Haile was the icing on the cake – such an inspiration to the group, let alone to his own people, and so humble and down to earth despite all his fame. Thank you so much for such a special opportunity.”
Catriona Reynolds, runner from UK
Our 7-day package prices start from $925pp (excluding flights).