Great Ethiopian Run 10km

The Great Ethiopian Run International 10km is Africa’s biggest running race. It’s also been described as the world’s biggest street party with a run! Participants all wear the same race T-shirt designed around the colours of the Ethiopian flag, and DJs and bands keep runners and spectators entertained across the course that loops through central Addis Ababa.

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The 2018 Great Ethiopian Run International 10km takes place on Sunday 18 November 2018.

This event is for runners of all levels. At the front end it attracts an impressive field of elite runners, but its main purpose has always been to encourage mass participation running, and judging by ever-increasing demand for race places it has been very successful in doing this. So, whether you’re a serious runner looking to push yourself in a tough competition at altitude, or a fit 10km first-timer, or a bit of a plodder who wants also to enjoy dancing in the streets, this is a great event!

What to expect

On race day morning, more than 40,000 people throng the traffic-free streets of central Addis Ababa dressed in the vibrant colours of the Ethiopian flag – green, yellow and red. Everyone is heading for Meskel Square, and the advice is to get there early. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, everyone here for the same reason – to enjoy themselves.

Haile Gebreselassie starts you off, usually accompanied by a coterie of other Ethiopian Olympic champions. From Meskel Square you complete a loop around the city, the kilometres marked by DJs and live bands, where both spectators and runners can dance or do a little bit of running to the beat.

There’s a carnival atmosphere for the entire route, and plenty of encouragement from broad-smiling fellow runners and spectators along the way.

As you cross the finish line back in Meskel Square, you’re handed your medal, and can relive your experience with fellow runners over a celebratory lunch.

Please see the attached document for more information.



Some years ago, Runners World listed the Great Ethiopian Run in the list of “ten races you have to do before you die”. That’s another way of saying that the Great Ethiopian Run International 10km is a very special running experience.

Over the years hundreds of international race participants have come to the race from all corners of the globe to experience the fun and excitement of taking part in this race.

Here at Tadele Travel we have seen close-up the ingredients of tours for international participants and developed packages tailored to the needs and interests of a range of individuals and groups.

If you’re limited for time, a 4-day package is just about long enough to enjoy the experience, but for many we like to recommend a 6-day stay or longer, and we would love to help you design an itinerary which is best for you, whether you want to immerse yourself more in Ethiopia’s rich running culture or whether you’d like to explore historical sites in the north, or even visit projects that you have been or are keen to support.


Below are three sample packages which we have posted here just to give you an idea of cost.

All the tours we arrange are tailor-made and the final cost will depend on your itinerary and preferred accommodation.

Please note that we offer discounts for groups of 4 or more people for the packages given below. We also offer incentives for group leaders bringing 6 or more people. Please email Richard for more details.


  • All accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Meal at traditional Ethiopian restaurant
  • Airport transfers in Ethiopia
  • All vehicle transport
  • Sightseeing tour guides and any site entrance fees


As an individual, there are two ways of registering for the race. Either you can do this yourself on Q-buster, an online registration page, or we can arrange your race entry as part of the logistical arrangements for your race weekend. Please provide the required information here if you choose the latter.


International flights to Ethiopia and domestic flights are not included in the sample package prices. However, we are ATOL protected tour operator and have a very good relationship with Ethiopian Airlines, we can arrange flights for you.


When you book a travel package with us for the Great Ethiopian Run 10km, we will offer you a range of hotel options to choose from. For the race weekend itself, we recommend you stay in the city centre to make it easy to get to the pre-race events and to the start of the race itself. If you have time, and would like to spend some time running on the trails in the forests surrounding the city, we recommend that you stay at Yaya Village, a resort hotel and sports complex 20km northwest of Addis Ababa.

Please see the attached document for more information.

Thanks again for one of the most remarkable weeks and challenges of my life.- Peter, Thailand, November 2017

We felt you put together a great personalised itinerary for us, and were always available   via email or phone to answer questions - that meant so much.- Ceri and Craig, UK, November 2017

Richard's personal links with the Great Ethiopian Run hugely enhanced the experience.- Janet, UK, November 2017

The way you managed the itinerary was perfect and gave me so much more than I could have   expected.
- Steve, UK, November 2017

Wow, wow, wow! I’ve seen races all over the world, but nothing like this before!- Hendrick, South Africa, November 2016

What an amazing race! The noise, the colour, the smiling faces.- Tracy, China, November 2016

Possibly the best street party anywhere in the world!- James, Kenya, November 2017

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