Commercial banks Great Ethiopian Run 11th edition brings new champions Musenet Germew and Abebech Afework . Ambassador Chris Allen takes Ethiopian Air Lines Ambassadors special crown.
A record 36,000 participants were on the road, 500 club athletes and 250 foreign athletes. The 11th edition stands as the best ever event since its inception by legendry distance athlete Haile Gebreselassie. The event was a feast for the eyes.
Abebech Afework of Defence Force club crossed the finishing line in 32:59.11 while her club mate Tiki Gelan finished second in 33:06.99 followed by ASTEDE Habtamu of Federal police club. Abebech took every one around her by surprise three KMs from the finishing line galloping away in sheer confidence to win the race at the same time taking home 40,000 Birr with Tike and Astede each receiving 15,000 and 12,000 Birr respectively.
In the men’s version unknown Musenet Giremew of Amhara Police featured unbelievable efforts to write his name in gold winning the race in 28:37.09 followed by Yigrem Demessew of Prison Police and Kenyan cross country champion Nicholas Kipkimoy in third place at 28:48.24. Musenet went home 40,000 Birr richer with Yigrem taking home 15,000 and the Kenyan visitor receiving 12,000 Birr. Booth taking the third spot.