Running in Ethiopia

Want to race in the first ever half-marathon trail race in Ethiopia? How about educate a nation of leaders and cure blindness? Thought you might. Twelve spaces remain to do so.

Here, author and pro climber Majka Burhardt shares images of Tigray and Ethiopia collected by professional photographers Gabe Rogel, Travis Horn, and Peter Doucette over the past six years.
(Gabe Rogel)
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Want to race in the first ever half-marathon trail race in Ethiopia? How about educate a nation of leaders and cure blindness? Thought you might. Twelve spaces remain to do so.

Here, author and pro climber Majka Burhardt shares images of Tigray and Ethiopia collected by professional photographers Gabe Rogel, Travis Horn, and Peter Doucette over the past six years.

A slice of Ethiopia's running scene, shot in Addis Ababa at 5:30 a.m. Accelerate Ethiopia starts in Addis with a morning training run with Haile Gebreselassie on February 22, 2013.

A slice of Ethiopia's running s shot in Addis Ababa at 5:30 am. 2013.
(Travis Horn)


Tigray is the northernmost region of Ethiopia and home to Axum and the pre-Axumite settlements dating back to the third millennium B.C. The sandstone mountains give way to verdant fields with foot paths perfect for human transportation and, in this case, a run.

Tigray is the northern-most reg and in this case a run. Photo
(Peter Doucette)


The Gheralta Spires offer a latticework of dirt trails punctuated by vertical rock passageways. Train with Scott Jurek on a half-marathon course set by Majka Burhardt which circumnavigates the highest point of the massif, through this pass, and into the valley below.

The Gheralta Spires offer a lat through this pass and into the valley below.
(Peter Doucette)


The first-ever trail race in the cradle of humanity is the culmination of Accelerate Ethiopia. Fourteen participants, 100 up-and-coming Ethiopian runners, and Jurek, Gebre and Werknesh will run with the Gheralta Massif as the backdrop.

The first ever trail race in th 100 up and coming Ethiopian run and Scott Gebre and Werknesh will run wit
(Gabe Rogel)


Spot the runner and the camel and then head to Accelerate Ethiopia and apply to run right here yourself in 2013.

Spot the runner and the camel a
(Gabe Rogel)


Post-operative cataract patients celebrate in Mekelle, Ethiopia, after an eye camp with the Himalayan Cataract Project. Participants on Accelerate Ethiopia will help restore sight to 1,000-plus people during a multi-day eye camp.

Post-operative cataract patient Ethiopia after an eye camp with


Two students at an imagine1day school share their learning with the class. Since 2007, imagine1day’s work has benefited over 45,000 children and 1,000 teachers, from 89 schools in the Tigray region. Accelerate Ethiopia participants visit the imagine1day community and share in the education, celebration of learning, and sport competitions with the children.

Two students at an imagine1day  imagine1day’s work has benefi 000 children and 1 000 teachers from 89 schools in the Tigray r celebration of learning and and sport competitions with

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