ADDIS ABABA, Kenyan Olympic champion Vivian Cheruiyot will be a guest of honour at the Great Ethiopian Run (GER) here this Sunday, an Ethiopian race official says.
GER Director Ermias Ayele said Wednesday that the invitation to Cheruiyot, the 2016 Rio Olympics 5,000 metres champion, was part of a wider strategy to introduce the annual 10-kilometre road race to the wider athletics world.
The Mayor of Addis Ababa, Diriba Kuma, will be another guest of honour at the road race.
Ethiopia is a fierce competitor with southern neighboUr Kenya in middle distance and long-distance competitions as both countries workED in recent years to advertise their countries as international running destinations.
According to Ayele, the 10-km race is expected to have A record total of 47,500 runners.
The road race will also feature THE participation of 2,000 foreigners comprising members ofEthiopia’ s expatriate community and tourists.
“The race is part of the GER’s efforts to promote running and a healthy lifestyle among the Ethiopian public,” Ayele said.
The race was initiated in 2001 by Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebreselassie as part of efforts to turn running from an elite sport into a hobby of life.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK