News : 12,500 Ethiopians run the Gebrselassie 10k at an altitude of 2,300 meters
In what was arguably the most massive test on the African continent during the coronavirus pandemic, The Haile Gebrselassie Great Ethiopian Run brought together 12,500 runners and runners through the streets of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. It is a 10k that is celebrated no more and no less than 2,300 meters above sea level and that was in its 20th edition. Organized by this legend of world athletics (twice Olympic champion and eight times world champion between indoor track and open air), the test normally attracts more than 30,000 participants, but this time it was decided to reduce participation due to the incidence of the virus.
Two great brands in height
There was a popular version and an elite version, in which 300 runners participated. Tsigie Gebreselama took the women’s race stopping the clock at 32:33, while the male had in Abe Gashahun to the winner (28:20). The Ethiopian was just one second from the test record. Undoubtedly two great brands taking into account the complicated year we have lived through and, above all, that important component which is that of the height above sea level (2,300 meters).
For the celebration of the race, strict security measures were followed (within what is certain that a race with more than 12,000 people can be). The start was carried out in waves and all participants had their temperature taken before competing. Despite international criticism, the organization decided to carry out the event with the complicity of local authorities and the approval of health entities. It should also be remembered that in Ethiopia there is currently a civil conflict in the Tigray region, from where it is, for example, the world record holder of 5,000 Gidey.