Running Holiday in Ethiopia: 14th-21st November, 2019

Addis Ababa is one of the world’s great running capitals. This trip gives you chance to participate in the 2019 Total Great Ethiopian Run 10km in Addis Ababa on Sunday 17th November 2019.

As well as being Africa’s biggest road race with over 40,000 participants it is one of the continent’s biggest annual street parties! Runners World once listed the races as “one of the ten races you have to do before you die!”

In collaboration with our friends at Great Ethiopian Run, Run With Me are organising a chance to experience the running culture in Ethiopia and then travel to the north of Ethiopia after the race and visit the amazing rock-hewn churches in Lalibela.

We have a limit of 12 places available for this trip.


  • Hotel accommodation on B&B basis (7 nights)

  • Airport transfers

  • Race entry

  • Two evening meals and post-race lunch

  • Guided city tour in Addis and other excursions

  • Guide and church entrance fees in Lalibela



  • Flights (both international and domestic)

  • Visa for Ethiopia

  • Meals other than given above


Date: 14th-21st November, 2019
Location: Addis Ababa and Lalibela, Ethiopia
Price: £995 (approx. €725)

The start line at the Great Ethiopian Run

The start line at the Great Ethiopian Run

Mid run out on the course with thousands of Ethiopians

Mid run out on the course with thousands of Ethiopians

Holiday Details


You will arrive in Ethiopia on Thursday 14th November, three days before the race. Early on the morning of Friday 15th November we will take you up into the forests above Addis Ababa so that you can train in the thin mountain air where so many of Ethiopia’s top athletes do their training. From high up in the hills there are superb views down over the city. On Saturday 16th November we will take you to Jan Meda, a big area of grassland in the north of the city used for the Ethiopian Cross Country Championships, and you can do some light training here.


This event is for runners of all levels. At the front end, it attracts an impressive field of elite runners, but its main purpose has always been to encourage mass participation running. So, whether you’re a serious runner looking to push yourself in a tough competition at altitude, or a fit 10km first-timer, or a bit of a plodder who wants also to enjoy dancing in the streets, this is a great event!



Arrive in Addis Ababa; transfer from airport to hotel; Addis Ababa city tour in the afternoon


Early morning run in the forests above Addis Ababa; excursion to Kechene Pottery to see women designing pottery; afternoon visit to Sabahar weaver workshop; evening meal at traditional Ethiopian restaurant with international participants


Early morning run at Jan Meda. Morning visit to National Museum & Ethnographic Museum followed by lunch at Taitu Hotel, Ethiopia’s oldest hotel; afternoon at your own leisure; evening pasta party at Hilton Hotel with international participants


Participate in the Great Ethiopian Run 10km; afternoon post-race lunch with other international participants


Morning flight to Lalibela; afternoon excursion to rock-hewn churches


Excursion to Asheton Mariam Church outside Lalibela; followed by more time to visit rock-hewn churches in town


Transfer to airport for flight back to Addis Ababa; transfer to hotel in Addis Ababa


Early morning flight home



You will stay at the Beer Garden Inn in Addis Ababa, an international-standard hotel, known for its hospitality and good German beer. The hotel is conveniently situated not far from the airport and just 4km from Meskel Square where the race starts and finishes.


Being one of the centres of Ethiopia’s tourist industry, the town has a multiude of top-quality hotels. You will be staying in either Tukul Village Hotel or Sora Lodge. Both are within walking distance of some of the famous churches in town.


Single occupancy rooms are available with a supplement of €175 for your 7 nights. 


Addis Ababa is situated at 2,300m. The more scenic areas for running in the hills and forests surrounding Addis Ababa are even higher and in places go above 3,000m. The settlement of Entoto where St. Mary’s Church stands and a regular place for starting runs for many serious runners, lies at around 3,000m.

Because of the warm sunshine and lower humidity levels at altitude, you will sweat more and your sweat will evaporate more quickly. Less oxygen in the air means that you will breathe faster and more deeply and this will cause you to lose more water than if you were training at sea-level. There is therefore a greater need to drink more when you are at altitude.

Children's Races

In conjunction with the main 10km race, the Great Ethiopian Run also stages races for children aged 2 to 11. These take place on Saturday 16th November at the Ethiopian Youth and Sports Academy starting at 8am. If you are interested either to watch or enter your children in these races, please let us know.


Traditional Ethiopian food consists of vegetable and spicy meat dishes. These are served in the form of ‘wat’, a thick stew, placed on top of the ‘injera’ made from teff, a fine grain high in minerals and protein. It’s not hard being either vegetarian or vegan in Ethiopia: many stews are made from beans and pulses.

If you’re not quite as adventurous with your dietary habits, you will also be able to eat from an international menu at all the places where you will be staying.

Fresh fruit in the form of mango, pineapple, papaya, bananas and kiwi are always readily available. Locally made fruit juices are a treat to behold.

Ethiopia is the home of coffee, discovered by monks in the region of Kaffa more than five hundred years ago. Both the taste and the coffee ceremony are unique to Ethiopia and form a special part of Ethiopian hospitality.


Once you have confirmed your place on this trip, we will give you the recommended flight times for your international flights in and out of Addis, as well as for the add-on domestic flights to Lalibela for the second half of your itinerary.

Upon completing your booking form you will be sent a confirmation email that will ask you to complete a pre-departure questionnaire asking you to provide your flight arrangements. From these details we will organise your airport transfers.

Visitors from many European, North American and Asian countries require an entry visa for Ethiopia. We will send you details of how to obtain this either before your departure or on arrival in Ethiopia.


From the start to the end of your stay you will be taken care of by the Hospitality and Travel Services Team at Great Ethiopian Run which prides itself in giving friendly and efficient help to a range of international visitors coming to Ethiopia.

The Hospitality Team members have a long association with the race and work closely with the Event & Operations team to ensure that all international participants are able to enjoy their stay to the full.

Many international participants ask us if they can have their photograph with Haile Gebrselassie. While no firm promises can be given about this, the team always does its best to make this happen for you. The best occasion for this is at the Pasta Party on the Saturday evening before race day.


Please let us know if you would like to extend your trip by adding additional nights either before or after the tour dates given here.


1) Send enquiry through Run With Me.
2) We will send you further information shortly thereafter.
3) You will be asked to complete a booking form and pay a deposit to our partners Great Ethiopian Run.
4) You book your own flights following instructions given to you. We recommend that you use Ethiopian Airlines for both international and domestic flights so that you have one reservation for the entire trip.
5) 6 weeks prior to your departure day, we send you a balance invoice and ask you to fill in a pre-departure questionnaire.
6) One week before departure we will send you transfer information and last minute holiday logistics.
7) On arrival day you will be met at the airport, taken to your hotel and given more information.


“We had a fantastic time. I loved Ethiopia, its people and the food. The itinerary was very well planned in showing us a variety of places over our week in Ethiopia. We also got great value for money considering how many things were included which we hadn’t realised beforehand!” Laura, from the UK