The Great Ethiopian Run
Organizers of the 2021 TotalEnergies Great Ethiopian Run International 10km have set a new date of Sunday 23rd January 2022 for staging the race. Organizers have also announced that some additional race places will be arranged for the diaspora community who will be traveling to Ethiopia to celebrate Ethiopian Christmas in early January 2022.
General Manager of Great Ethiopian Run Dagmawit Amare expressed her delight at the decision about the new date : “It feels right – as well as a great honour – for us to be staging our annual 10km race to coincide with the homecoming of many Ethiopians. This race has always been a celebration of us coming together as a nation, and there is no better time for us to do this than now.”
Training advice for participants will be posted on the Great Ethiopian Run YouTube page in the coming days. Additional race information will also be available on Great Ethiopian Run website and social media channels.
Here are some highlights from last year’s race.
In support of the Ethiopian Government’s initiatives to address issues of climate change, Great Ethiopian Run is promoting a “Go Green” campaign in connection with the 2021 TotalEnergies Great Ethiopian Run International 10km in November 2021 and carrying forward to our races planned in 2022.
Our campaign has five strands, and over the coming months, we will be implementing an action plan with the twin goal of working for the good of our environment and fostering greater awareness about the importance of green issues.
ACTION 1: WE WILL MINIMISE CARBON EMISSIONS
We are promoting “3km of walking per day” to get us all to think more about walking in place of making short car journeys. We are also encouraging our participants to use public transport and shared car transport for arriving at and returning from the race.
ACTION 2: WE WILL RECYCLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE
This year we have used recyclable (eco-friendly) materials in the production of our race t-shirts. We have also partnered with PETCO to collect and recycle all plastic bottles and other rubbish consumed and produced on race day.
ACTION 3: WE WILL ENCOURAGE DISPOSAL OF RUBBISH
In collaboration with UNICEF, we are promoting a “Poo to the Loo” message to highlight the impact of faeces on the health and environment of our children. Rubbish bins will be placed along the racecourse every 250m.
ACTION 4: WE WILL USE LESS PLASTIC,
This year we are using a lighter water bottle for participants to make it easier for recycling. Our goody bag is also made of a non-plastic material which can be reused for shopping by participants.
ACTION 5: WE WILL USE LESS PAPER
We no longer use paper for registering participants. All registration has been done electronically. Participants also receive their race magazine electronically in place of printed magazines.
Our title sponsor TOTAL has recently rebranded as Total Energies. With our headline sponsor, we will be working to publicise the importance of reducing carbon emissions by expanding energy sources to renewables and biofuels.
We invite all our participants and stakeholders to join us in this campaign and to contribute positively to the sustainability of our environment.