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SportRecord prize on offer as Great Ethiopian Run builds excitement

Record prize on offer as Great Ethiopian Run builds excitement

The 23rd Great Ethiopian Run (GER) international 10k road race promises to be the most competitive yet, with organizers unveiling an unprecedented 812,000 birr total prize money – a more than 30 percent increase from last year.

In a move that aims to celebrate and acknowledge the exceptional abilities of elite athletes, the race organizers have decided to award the men’s and women’s champions with a substantial cash prize of 200,000 birr each. The second-place finishers in both categories will receive a generous reward of 100,000 birr, while those securing the third position will be granted 50,000 birr.

It’s important to note that last year’s winners took home a prize of 150,000 birr. As a result, this remarkable financial incentive is expected to attract a highly competitive field of elite runners from both Ethiopia and abroad, all eager to test their mettle on the challenging course and vie for the prestigious title.

The Great Ethiopian Run has long been renowned as a fertile ground for nurturing world-class athletes. With the augmented prize money, the level of competition is set to reach new heights, pushing athletes to unleash their full potential. This increased reward will undoubtedly inspire participants to push their limits and deliver awe-inspiring performances.

Registration for the Sofi Malt GER International 10km is now open.

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Since its inception in 2001, this annual 10-kilometer road race has gained international recognition for its impeccable organization, top-tier competition, and vibrant atmosphere. It attracts a diverse range of participants, from elite athletes to recreational runners, all aiming to be part of this exceptional event.

Over the years, the GER has witnessed extraordinary displays of talent from renowned male athletes, including Solomon Berega (2017), Hagos Gebrhiwot (2018), Berihu Aregawi (2019), and the formidable Abe Gashaw, who holds the record for winning the title three times.

The female contingent include notable athletes like Yalemzerf Yehualaw, who triumphed in both 2019 and 2021, Zeineba Yimer (2017), Foiten Tesfaye (2018), and Tsige Gebrselama (2020), all of whom have left an indelible impact on the event.

Beyond Ethiopia, this year’s race will feature a formidable contingent of athletes from East Africa, including three teenage Ugandan competitors under the guidance of Global Sports Communications. Their participation adds an exciting international flair to the event, promising thrilling competition and captivating performances.

The race is set for November 29, 2023, as the GER 10k race takes center stage. With an expected participation of 45,000 individuals, this road race is poised to captivate spectators and delight fans as athletes push themselves to the limit in pursuit of victory.

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