Hawassa Half Marathon in Ethiopia
About Hawassa Half Marathon
Hawassa Half-Marathon has been staged annually in the beautiful city of Hawassa. Its law altitude and flat surface had made Hawassa ideal for long distance racing and Hawassa Lake has add a unique natural beauty to the race.
The event was started in 2010 and took place for consecutive 5 years and interrupted for two year in 2015 and 2016. It’s restarted afresh on 2017 and Great Ethiopian Run has signed three years MoU with Hawassa municipality to stage the event annually from 2017-2019. Great Ethiopian Run will work to attract local tourists from Addis Ababa and International participants from all over the world to take part in the event and visit the city of Hawassa.
The 8th Edition of the Annual Hawassa Half- Marathon will be held on 10 February, 2019.
The 2019 TAL Hawassa Half Marathon is set to take place in Hawassa on Sunday 10 February 2019. This is the 8th staging of the event which comprises a Half Marathon, a 7km run, and children’s races. This page is for entry into the Half Marathon.
Hawassa is situated 275km south of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa at an altitude of 1700m /5577ft/ above sea level. Hawassa is the regional capital of southern Ethiopia.
The event gives participants the opportunity to run alongside Lake Hawassa, a popular place for birdwatchers and also stay at Haile Resort hotel on the shores of Lake Hawassa, owned by Haile Gebrselassie. Haile has been present at all the previous editions of the event. Rooms fill up quickly and participants are advised to make bookings early.
Entry fee of £50 includes a complementary pre-race pasta dinner at the Haile Resort on Saturday 9th February, 10-minute sport massage after finishing the race & finish photo.
Temperatures in Hawassa in April tend to rise to around 30C in the middle of the day but are at around 10-15C in the early morning and late evening.
The provisional race program for Sunday 10th February 2019 is as follows:
6.30am: start of non-elite half-marathon – maximum entry of 350 participants
7.20am: children’s races (1-2km)
8.00-8.02am: start of elite half-marathon races (men & women)
9.00am: start of 7km run