GREAT Bekoji Run

Great Bekoji Run

Bike, Run & Hike Weekend in Bekoji

“Great Bekoji Run” with hiking and biking in the land of runners

Set on the edge of the Arsi Mountains Park, sitting at 2,800m, Bekoji is the home to many of Ethiopia’s world class athletes including Kenenisa Bekele (& his brother Tariku) Derartu Tulu, Tirunesh Dibaba (& sisters Ejegayehu and Genzebe) and Fatuma Roba. Have a look at this trailer of the 2012 movie “Town of Runners”.

In conjunction with the Great Ethiopian Run, the Ministry of Tourism and the Oromia Tourism Commission, Ride the Rift is organizing a Run, Bike & Hike weekend in Bekoji. We are going to drive down to the nearby town of Assela on Friday 13 May after work/school. On Saturday morning we will continue the 56km on to Bekoji. Here we will have the chance to ride mountain bikes on the dirt roads between the cozy town and the afro alpine Arsi park. Non-cyclists will be able to do stunning trekking climbing some of the peaks that reach close to 3,500m. There will also be an option to train with some of the young runners from the town and do a run in the afternoon.

We will be camping at the athletes training camp in the town, where toilets and showers are set up, and our cooking team providing good food. In the evening there will be a cultural program. On Sunday morning we will either participate in the Great Bekoji Run, a 7km running course or we will do a 15km bike ride leading out and back into the town. These are races and medals and t-shirts will be given out. We will again get a chance to experience the Arsi culture and have lunch before heading back to Addis Ababa – with a stop for the amazing juices at Awash.



      • 4 pm departure Addis Ababa
      • 7:30 pm arrival Asella and overnight in hotel


  •  Saturday:
      • 7 am breakfast
      • 8 am departure in Asella
      • 9 am arrival in Bekoji
      • 9:30 am guided activities (biking, hiking or running)
      • 4 pm return to campsite
      • 5 pm activities in camp
      • 6-7 pm dinner


      • 7 am breakfast
      • 8:30 am start of the race (run or bike)
      • 9-10 am finish of the race
      • 10:30 am transport to camp for cultural activities
      • 12 am lunch
      • 2 pm departure from Bekoji
      • 6 pm arrival in Addis Ababa




  • Participants: min. 25 to max. 60 pax
  • 3-days / 2-nights tour: 9,200 ETB per person (payable in USD, EUR, GBP or ETB)
  • Supplement for single room/tent: 800 ETB per person
  • Older children 12-17 years: 6,400 ETB per child
  • Young children 3-11 years: 3,200 ETB per child
  • Infants until 3 years: Free
  • Family discount: starting from 3 family members 500 ETB discount per child
  • Discount for self-driving: 900 ETB per adult
  • Good quality mountain bikes can be rented for the whole weekend for 1,800 ETB.


  • all transport from/to Addis Ababa
  • 1 night in double/twin room in mid range hotel in Asella
  •  1 night accommodation in double tent
  • rental tent and mattress
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  •  Sunday breakfast and lunch
  • Saturday guided activities (biking, hiking or running)
  • 7/15km race entry
  •  race t-shirt
  •  finisher medal
  • first aid support
  • technician support


  • Friday dinner
  • travel insurance
  • sleeping bag
  • fee for other not mentioned activities
  • alcoholic drinks
  • tipping
  • all extras and personal expenditures


  • If not agreed differently, the following payment and cancellation terms apply for bookings with Ride the Rift:
  • At registration: 10% registration fee of total trip costs (non refundable)
  • By Friday 6 May 2022: remaining payment
  • We will send you all the necessary information for the payment and advise you to settle the payment as soon as possible to secure your place in the tours.


  • Your booking will only be confirmed with payment of the registration fee. A cancellation must be reported to the organizers in written form and the following conditions apply:
  • at registration: registration fee (non-refundable), further payments made will be refunded
  • there will be no refund in the case of cancellation after Friday 6 May 2022
  • if for some unforeseen reason this tour does not happen, full refund will be given
  • Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Get in touch with us, best by:

  • Whats App or phone: 0921 602236 (Mark – English),
  • 0920 732527 (Marco – Italian, German, English) or
  • 0911 198543 (Bogale – Amharic, English)


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