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Great Ethiopian Run

Ethiopia’s prowess in long distance and marathon running is well known, bringing many an Olympic medal back to the country.

There are theories that all the top Ethiopian athletes come from the same village, where something magical must be happening. It may also have something to do with the fact that these athletes train at crazy altitudes, to improve their stamina and fitness.

Huffing and puffing

Walking fast at 3,000 meters above sea level leaves most of us mere mortals huffing and puffing, so I would be a little nervous at the thoughts of a five kilometre run at this altitude. Luckily this fear didn’t deter over 6,000 women from taking part in the Women First 5k Run  in Addis.

International Women’s Day

The run has been co-sponsored by Concern for the last four years. Each year since the attendance and support it’s received has grown and grown. The run is timed to coincide with International Women’s Day and brings together women of all creeds, ages and nationalities. In fact, at less than a year old, the youngest participant this year was Zoe, the daughter of a Concern staff member!

This year’s theme for the day and the run asked for a commitment from everyone to practice gender equality in their daily lives. As one of the posters read, “Nothing is unreachable for women”!