The Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) has announced that the 39th Abebe Bikila Memorial Marathon will be held in Addis Ababa on January 25, 2023.
During the media briefing, the Federation stated that the purpose is to create competition opportunities for athletes while commemorating the heroic athlete.
The competition aims to develop young athletes and share experiences among competitors, according to the Federation.
The EAF announced that financial awards will be given to athletes finishing 1st through 8th in the competition.
Accordingly, 50,000 birr will be prized to athletes who finish first in both sexes, 25,000 birr to each of the second and 20,000 birr to those who finish third. Furthermore, the competition will be held next Sunday, starting and ending at the around Summit area.
A total of 354 athletes from 12 clubs, two regions and one city administration will participate in this competition. The marathon race in memory of the heroic athlete Abebe Bikila was started in 1982.
Recently, the Ethiopian Sports Academy hosted the third Ethiopian Athletics Training Center Athletics Championships. Competitors in the event came from six athletic training centers located across Ethiopia.
A plethora of young athletes vied in various contests, including the men’s 10,000-meter championship race as well as other championship races, qualifying heats and field competitions. Asfaw Dagne, the technical head of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, remarked that the competition aims to nurture budding athletes.