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Mass to take part in the 37th edition Jan Meda cross country

Jan Meda Cross-Country set for Sunday

The 37th edition of Jan Meda Cross-Country race is set to take place on Sunday 26, 2020, in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian athletes, both elite and new, will partake in the competition in order to be eligible for the 2020 Africa Cross Country Championships which will be held in Lome, Togo on April 08.

Over 880 Ethiopian athletes are expected to participate in different categories. Athletes from regional states, city administrations, clubs, sport academies and various athletics clubs will take part in the race. The race is divided into - a 6km, 10km and a mixed relay race for both sexes.  

From every race categories, six athletes will be selected depending on the result they register, to head to Lome. According to the Ethiopian Athletics Federation’s (EAF) statement, 400,000 birr is provided as prize money for the winners. The race will be covered live via national TV.

The Jan Meda International Cross Country is an annual cross-country competition held at the Jan Meda Race Course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Typically held in January or February, the event serves as the national championships for Ethiopia, and doubles as the national trial for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Meanwhile, the African Cross Country championship is a regional cross country running competition for athletes from Africa. A number of smaller regional championships have been held in Africa like the East Africa Cross Country championships and the Maghreb Cross Country Championships in North Africa.