Monday, July 3, 2006

Great Ethiopian Run - Running Tour

‘Discover the ultimate travel destination for runners’

18th - 27th November, 2017
10 days • 9 nights

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Ethiopia-group-running-in-the-Great Ethiopian-RunOur running tour is organized in conjunction with our local partners, 'Ethiopia Xperience', and the Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa, the largest running event of Africa. The tour is organized in cooperation with local Ethiopian athletes, which organize training sessions and show you their country. In addition to running with local athletes, you will get the chance to explore Ethiopia's spectacular natural environments and intriguing local cultures.

Everybody is welcome on our tour. Our runner-guides will adapt to your level. whether you are an occasional runner or experienced. If you are looking for a physical challenge then you can train at a high level with local athletes and run the race with elite runners.  If your partner is more interested in traveling than running then we can organize alternative activities and excursions. Each day will begin with optional yoga and stretching sessions before breakfast.

Saturday 18 November:

Orange-Lion Guesthouse-Addis-AbabaYou arrive in Addis Ababa, the Capital of Ethiopia. We will welcome you at the airport and take you to the Orange Lion Guesthouse, our comfortable base in the city. If there is time we will show you some of the city.
Accommodation: Orange Lion Guesthouse
Meals: -

Sunday 19 November:

You'll start the day with a training session with our Ethiopian running buddies. They are professional and semi professional athletes who will introduce to the lively Ethiopian running culture. Just behind the guesthouse there is a forest that is used by many Ethiopian athletes as a training circuit. Don’t be surprised if you come across an Olympic Champion!

Ethiopian-group-training-for-the-Great Ethiopian-RunAfter breakfast we will visit the facility of Dires for Development, our local partner organization. Dires is an NGO that organizes social programs for people who have a disability, especially focused on children. Yopu will be welcomed with a traditional coffee ceremony and learn about their activities.

The rest of the day we will explore Addis Ababa. We visit several sites of interest, including the National Museum where you will meet Lucy, humanity’s common ancestor. On the way we'll eat the best fruit smoothie of the city and we end the day with a visit to Entoto Mountain, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view over the city.
Accommodation: Orange Lion Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Monday 20 November:

Early in the morning we organize another training session in or around the city. After breakfast we’ll visit one of the social projects of Dires. For example you can participate in giving sport lessons to children with a disability, or teach a class in a local school. There are also optional other activities in or around the city.

merkato-skyview-in-addis-ababaIn the afternoon we visit Merkato, the largest market of Africa, and we end the day with a dinner show organized by local deaf people. Deaf cooks will prepare an excellent Ethiopian meal and deaf artists will give a theatre and dance performance. If you are not interested we can organize an alternative activity.
Accommodation: Orange Lion Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Tuesday 21 November:

internationals-running-with-Ethiopian-kidsIf possible we start the day we'll meet one of the famous runners of Ethiopia, for example Haile Gebrselassie of Tirunesh Dibaba.  Then we leave the city and head south to the town of Bekoji in the Arsi-Bale region. Many famous athletes are from this region, and the town of Bekoji in particular.

We will meet a famous coach who trained the champions when they were young. He will show us around in the town.
Accommodation: Bekoji Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday 22 November:

village-and-nature-in-EthiopiaIn the morning you’ll have the opportunity to participate in an intensive training session with the youth of Bekoji. These young people are the next generation of champion runners. The session will be led by a famous Ethiopian coach. After the training we will explore the surrounding area. We visit small local villages and true Ethiopian country life. It looks like time has stood still here for hundreds of years. We enjoy a lunch with a local farmer and then we drive further to the Bale Mountains National Park, one of the great spectacular areas of natural beauty found in Ethiopia. We spend the night in a hotel at the foot of the mountains
Accommodation: Goba Wabe Shebele hotel
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Thursday 23 November:

Ethiopian-landscapeToday we spend a full day in the Bale Mountains. It is a mountainous plateau of about 4300 meters altitude. Animals and plants have adapted to the altitude, and the area looks like a moonscape. It also is the natural habitat of the Ethiopian wolf. We will descend into the valleys of green lush rainforests. We'll walk through the bush and explore different areas of the park.
Accommodation: Goba Wabe Shebele hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Friday 24 November:

Lewi-resort-EthiopiaIn the morning we leave the Bale Mountains and drive to the town of Awassa further inland. Awassa is located next to a lake with the same name. Lake Awassa is known to be one of the most beautiful lakes of Ethiopia, and a very good place to watch birds. You will have the opportunity to do some running practice and have a boat ride over the lake in search of hippos and birds. In the evening we will enjoy a nice summer evening on the shores of the lake.
Accommodation: Lewi Resort
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Saturday 25 November:

Ethiopian-kids-runningEarly in the morning we'll explore the lively fish market of Awassa. It is the largest fish market of Ethiopia. Then we drive back to Addis Ababa.

Those who have registered for the Great Ethiopian Run can join us in a Pasta Party organized by the famous Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie, arguably the greatest runner of all time. We will make sure you can have a short meeting with him. The Pasta Party is organized for all foreign participants of the Great Ethiopian Run, you will get a chance to meet a lot of people from around the world.
Accommodation: Orange Lion Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Sunday 26 November:

international-group-running-in-the-Great Ethiopian-RunEarly in the morning we provide a light breakfast and then we go to the starting point of the Great Ethiopian Run. We run the race together with our running buddies and employees of Dires for Development. It is a race over 10 km straight through the Ethiopian capital. More than 40.000 people will participate. This race is a celebration of Ethiopian culture and pride. Those who want to set a fast pace can run with the elite runners together with our semi professional buddies if you are able to run 10 kilometers within 43 minutes. After the race we will bring you back to our guesthouse where we offer a lavish lunch. The rest of the day you are on your own for sightseeing, shopping or just relaxing. 
Accommodation: Orange Lion Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Monday 27 November:

We will bring you to the airport from where you can check in for your flight back home. Or you can extend your stay in Ethiopia and discover more of the many fascinating and beautiful parts of the country.
Meals: Breakfast