Take part in the race of a lifetime and help support the world's poorest people

Monday, 27 June, 2011

Are you looking for a new running challenge this year? Why not take part in the Great Ethiopian Run this November and help raise money to support Concern Worldwide's work in Ethiopia?

The Great Ethiopian Run (GER) is an annual 10-kilometre event which takes place in late November in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Adaba. The race was started over ten years ago by legendary Ethiopian runner Haile Gebrselassie following his return from the 2000 summer Olympics. It is the only race in the world run at 8000ft, and with thousands of participants taking part each year, is an amazing experience for everyone involved.

Concern works in the poorest countries in the world, and has been in Ethiopia since 1994, responding to several regional and local emergencies, and providing support to vulnerable communities - including women, orphans, children and people living with HIV. All money raised by our supporters will go directly towards our work in Ethiopia.

John Treacy, Irish Olympic silver medallist will lead the Concern team, and runners will have a six day trip, including dinner with Haile Gebreselassie, and a visit to Concern's programmes to see how the money raised will be spent.

John said:
"I joined the Concern family in 2008 and I am delighted to be able to support an organisation that has an incredible impact in the fight against extreme poverty in the world. This is not only a great opportunity to be part of the team but also to learn first-hand how you are making a difference. Last year all of our runners had huge smiles when they returned after the run. All of us were encouraged along the way and we were not finished an hour when we began talking about next year."

The race takes place on the 27 November, with the six day trip running from 25-30 November.

A deposit of £200 is required upon sign up and the minimum sponsorship is £2,550. To sign up to the challenge, email info.challenge@concern.net or call 0800 032 4000.

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