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The 14th edition of the annual women-only 5km run took place on Sunday March 12, 2017 with the participation of 8,000 women. With sponsorship from the UN and the slogan “Because She Can..” the event saw a record number of women finishers, with around 11,000 having earlier registered for the run.
The UN gave support for the event, believing that the run would strengthen society-wide efforts to promote gender equality, the 5th of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
Athlete Degitu Azmeraw won the race in a time of 15:53.8. Abeba Tefera and Mihater Tefera were second and third place finishers. Amakelech Lulu is the winner of the icon women completion finishing the race in time of 30:54.1.Biruktawit Getahun (Bety G) and Fitsum Tesgaye where second and third place finishers where a total of 30 icon women take part. Rico Meneisa is the winner of the diplomats’ competition. Now in its 14th year, the run was started in 2004 both to mark International Women Day and to recognize the contribution of Ethiopian women to the society. In 2004 there were just 4,000 participants.
This year’s run included a “sub-35-minute challenge” issued by Goodwill Ambassador of the Women First run Meseret Defar. In pre-race publicity Meseret encouraged participants to train for the race and keep themselves fit. Participants who managed to finish the 5km in under 35 minutes are given a special certificate signed by Meserat Defar.
Reflecting on the success of this year’s event, Great Ethiopian Run Strategy and Innovation Manager Dagmawit Amare said “each year we want to add something new to the event to keep our participants happy. Our experience has been that once they take part, they never want to miss it the next time.”