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.

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Tailoring your tour

You can combine the Great Ethiopian Run International 10km with any of our other Ethiopian experiences, whether you want to trek in the Bale Mountains, or relax on Lake Tana.

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Holiday packages

Below are three sample packages to give you an idea of cost. The final cost may vary depending on your chosen accommodation.

There is also a 15% discount for groups of 4 or more people for the packages given below.

What’s included in all our running tours

  • All accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels and lodges 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
  • All guided training runs

Race registration

You need to enter the race yourself. There’s a £50 entry fee, which includes the pre-race pasta party.

Flights to and in Ethiopia

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.

Accommodation options

When you book a travel package for the Great Ethiopian Run, we send you a selection of 3 and 4* hotels in central Addis 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.

The hotel’s expansive grounds include a cinder track, a swimming pool and fitness centre.  From the hotel you have direct access to the forest trails. While staying at Yaya Village we can arrange for you to train with local Ethiopian runners or watch a group of elite athletes during one of their morning training sessions.

“Wow, wow, wow! I’ve seen races all over the world, but nothing like this before!”- Hendrick Ramaala, South African elite distance runner

"What an amazing race! The noise, the colour, the smiling faces.”- Tracy Qi from China

“Possibly the best street party anywhere in the world!”- James Mbathi, TV sports presenter from Kenya

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