Haile Marathon

Haile Gebrselassie Marathon and Tour www.hailemarathon.com
Ethiopia’s first-ever international ope

The inaugural Haile Gebrselassie Marathon is a boutique, destination marathon taking place in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Run the marathon, half marathon, or 5K and choose from one of five tour options to explore this exotic and fascinating country.

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awazetours.com 05/22/2014

Awaze Tours, an Experienced Ethiopian Tour Company.

Haile Marathon Update:

We are sorry to announce that Moray Mountain Sports will not be managing a future installment of the Haile Marathon. Thank you to all of our runners and guests, and all those who worked diligently behind the scenes on the 2013 event. It was truly an extraordinary experience and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to produce such a unique race that brought people from 16 different countries to the fascinating lands of Ethiopia.

Please feel free to visit www.Awazetours.com and www.greatethiopianrun.org if you would like more information about running tours or races in Ethiopia.

-The Haile Marathon Team

awazetours.com Awaze Tours is an established and reputable Ethiopian Tour Company which operates unique and memorable tours throughout Ethiopia.


Entoto Foundation

Our sincere thanks to all the participants in the Haile Gebreslassie Marathon that helped raise funds for the Entoto Foundation. The marathon was held last month in Hawassa, Ethiopia. The funds raised helped send 6 month old Felicity (pictured in an earlier post) to India for a heart valve replacement. Latest update on Felicity is that she is doing great.
Our top fund raiser was Kristin Chandler, pictured here with her father at the start of the marathon. Through your generosity and support the Entoto Foundation continues to assist the people of Ethiopia. Thank you!

Awards Presentation 11/21/2013

Awards Presentation

Finish Line Photos 11/16/2013

Finish Line Photos

2013 Haile Gebrselassie Kids' Race 11/14/2013

The Haile Gebrselassie Kids K. They came...they ran...they cartwheeled across the finish line!

Haile Marathon and Half Marathon Course Photos 11/13/2013

Haile Marathon and Half Marathon Course Photos

Inaugural Haile 5K 11/13/2013

Runners from all over the world join locals in the inaugural Haile Gebrselassie 5K!


Haile Marathon's cover photo

dailyherald.com 11/01/2013

Suburban runners win Ethiopian marathon


dailyherald.com Ethiopian runners have frequently won the Chicago Marathon. Last weekend, two suburban Chicago runners won the Ethiopian marathon. Jason Doland, 43, an engineer from Inverness, and Megan McClowry, 25, a nurse from Naperville now working in Uganda, both took first place in the inaugural Haile Gebrsel...


A post-race dance from the incredible Haile Marathon volunteers!

uk.news.yahoo.com 10/25/2013

Ethiopia hosts very first "Haile Gebrselassie Marathon"

uk.news.yahoo.com Watch the video Ethiopia hosts very first "Haile Gebrselassie Marathon" on Yahoo Yahoo. Ethiopia hosted the very first "Haile Gebrselassie Marathon" on Sunday, with participants from Ethiopia, America and Europe. Duration: 01:11


Surprise Wedding

Haile Marathon Runners (and guests) Out on the Course 10/24/2013

Haile Marathon Runners (and guests) Out on the Course

Haile Works a Water Station! 10/24/2013

Haile Works a Water Station!


Congratulations to our 1st and 2nd place finishers in the Women's Mass Participation Marathon - Megan McClowry from the US and Thyra DeJongh from the Netherlands! Way to go!


Congratulations Jason Doland, international winner of the inaugural Haile Gebrselassie Mass Participation Marathon!


Amharic Word of the Day: Good Luck!

Melkem Edel!


Amharic Cheer of the Day: You Can Do It!



Amharic Word of the Day: Souvenir



Fuel up on fir fir!

Chopped up injera mixed with spices is called “fir fir”. There are different varieties of fir fir including fasting and non-fasting versions, and it can be served with meat, vegetables, and even French fries. It’s served on top of more injera and is usually eaten at breakfast.


Amharic Word of the Day: Name



"Athletics is in my blood."

-Haile Gebrselassie


Amharic Words of the Day:

10: AH-SIR
20: HI-AH
100: MEH-TOH


Amharic Word of the Day: Shirt



Amharic Word of the Day: Dress



Sweet 9-month old baby benefits from Entoto Foundation

Felicity is a 9-month old girl who recently traveled to AIMS Hospital in Kochi, India to have a heart valve replacement. Felicity, a quiet baby with curious eyes, lives with her mother, Marta, and father, Stefanos, who works at a hotel in Addis Ababa. She also has a 5-year old pair of twin siblings.

Four months ago, Marta took Felicity to a doctor to have a rash looked at. Upon examination, they discovered that she had a defective heart valve and would need surgery. Marta found out about the Entoto Foundation through a friend and was soon on her way to India with Felicity. Dr. Benedict Raj, a pediatric cardiac surgeon, performed the operation which went very smoothly. Felicity is now back in Ethiopia and is doing great. They will return to India in three months for a check up and Felicity will need another surgery in 4-years time.

Many thanks to all of our Entoto contributors who made this possible!


"As the wound inflames the finger, so the thought inflames the mind."


Amharic Word of the Day: Pants



"You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that."

-Haile Gebrselassie


Amharic Word of the Day: Clothes



Ethiopian juice is some of the best you’ll find on the planet -- everything is freshly squeezed. Juice bars, or ‘jus bets’ are everywhere and at any of them you can order combinations of a variety of fruit juices. The classic Ethiopian preparation is called “spriss,” which is a mixture of mango, papaya, and avocado.


Amharic Word of the Day: Village



Timeline Photos

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A post-race dance from the incredible Haile Marathon volunteers!




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