3rd edition of the Coca-Cola Road Race Series held


The third edition of the Coca-Cola Road Race Series, under the motto “Active Healthy Living” was held on Sunday, April 28th. This race, which has become quite popular among Addis Ababa’s leisure runners, had a total of 3,000 participants of which 29 percent were women.
Places of registry were crowded and many people had to turn back, because tickets had been sold out early. Tsegereda Girma, the overall winner of the 2012 Coca-Cola Race Series beat her rivals convincingly in the race, crossing the finishing line in a time of 24:33 minutes, 48 seconds faster than her time of the previous year. Last year’s winner of the men’s race, Birhanu Legesse, had to settle for second place as he was overtaken by Abayneh Ayele from the Federal Prisons Administration Club just 150 meters before the finishing line, who took first place with a time of 22:03 minutes. Birhanu came in second, just two seconds behind. “I had been training for one year for this event,” stated Abayneh. Gemechu Edeo finished third at a time of 22:07. Tsegereda Girma at 24:33, Etalemahu Zeleke at 24:57 and Almaz Neged at 25:29 took first to third place, respectively
To keep participants entertained throughout the race, the organizers prepared music and drinks along the course of the run.  This event is said to be one of the few chip-timed races in Africa.
Haile Gebreselassie, Board Chairman of The Great Ethiopian Run, Herbert Nuwamany, Commercial Manager of the East African Bottling Share Company and other famous Ethiopian athletes, including the 2010 New York Marathon winner, Gebregziabher G/Mariam, Sydney Olympic 5000 Gold medalist, Millon Wolde and 2013 Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Disasa, along with officials from the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, were present at the race to hand out prizes to the winners.  The second race of the Series is expected to be held on the 16th of June, just before the start of the rainy season. Then  the series’ final race will take place on the 15th of September, a few days after the Ethiopian New Year.