24 Dec '12, 3pm

Gebrselassie Proud Of The Race He Founded: Haile Gebreselassie founded the Great Run in 2001. Photo: Eight Lane....

Gebrselassie Proud Of The Race He Founded: Haile Gebreselassie founded the Great Run in 2001. Photo: Eight Lane....

Gebrselassie Proud Of The Race He Founded By News Published 2 hours ago comments Tweet Share Share Print Haile Gebreselassie founded the Great Run in 2001. Photo: Eight Lane.org The Great Ethiopian Run is now more popular than ever. In his home country of Ethiopia, The former marathon world-record holder, Haile Gebrselassie is known as the “Little Emperor”. Yesterday, this nickname couldn’t be more true when the multiple Olympic medalist supervised the start of Ethiopia’s largest mass-participation running event, the Great Ethiopian Run. Gebreselassie founded the event in 2001. At this year’s edition, held in Addis Ababa’s Meskel Square, a total of 36,500 runners took part. “What I expected was a normal race, a race that is organised by the Ethiopians, nothing else,” admits Gebrselassie. “We started small and thanks go especially to Newcastle’s Great North Run organisers. ...

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