In a bid to restore Ethiopia’s distance running dominance, the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF) has revealed a robust calendar for the 2023/2024 season.
The Federation unveiled an action-packed calendar of events for the new season. From comeback classics in war-torn regions to championship showdowns in the capital, Ethiopia’s top track clubs and talent scouts will have no shortage of opportunities to scout for the next generation of stars.
In a statement released by the EAF, the Federation outlined its plans for the season, aimed at nurturing and showcasing the talent of Ethiopian athletes.
Key events include the return of the 15th edition of the Tigray Marathon on November 18, 2023 after a two-year hiatus. Other highlights are the 10th and 17th iteration of the 30km road race in Bishoftu on November 5, 2023 and the half marathon championship in Debre Birhan in March 24, 2024, respectively. Both provide top-level exposure for Ethiopia’s up-and-coming runners.
Adding to the excitement, attention turns to the legendary Jan Meda Cross Country race on January 28, 2024. Now in its 41st edition, victory in this race virtually guarantees selection for international competitions.
Competitors from various clubs, regions, and top athletes will push their limits for distance running immortality in these highly anticipated event.
Afar and Semera will host the innovative Project Athletics Championship from February 21-25, spotlighting rising hopefuls. The 53rd edition of the Ethiopian Athletics Championships will also take place in Addis Ababa from April 16-21, 2024.
The comprehensive schedule unveiled provides Ethiopia’s runners with a strategic framework to progress over the next year.
While the calendar outlines a clear pathway towards developing athletic potential and selection for the national team, the EAF cautions that adjustments may need to be made depending on changing circumstances.