On Sunday 15th November, the date originally set for the 20th edition of the annual 10km road race, Great Ethiopian Run staged an alternative smaller event at Entoto Natural Park to commemorate the date.
The international 10km was first staged in November 2001 with just 10,000 participants. Today that number has grown to 45,000 participants and the event has become Ethiopia’s favourite running competition, eagerly anticipated each year by an ever-increasing mass-participation running community.
This year because of the global COVID-19 pandemic the hosts will be staging the 2020 TOTAL Great Ethiopian Run International 10km on Sunday 10th January 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned. To keep the participants safe, the hosts also had to reduce the number of those taking part and have set a limit of just 12,500 participants.
The race will be staged in waves to allow more distancing among participants. Participants will line up using three approach roads onto the Eastern side of Meskel Square: from Bole Road, from Haile Gebreselassie Avenue and from the road coming down the hill from the Hilton Hotel. A three-coloured system (green-yellow-red) will be used for t-shirts to allocate participants to one of these three approaches. On each approach road participants will be held in a sequence of waves.
The registration fee is 450 birr for all waves or category colours with a first come first served basis. Every participant will receive a souvenir ‘20 Together’ t-shirt, a finishers’ medal and WHO-approved masks.
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