Gambella, Ethiopia – Tsegahun Deneke shines again at MDG Gambella Race this year. He was the winner when Great Ethiopian Run organized its second race in Gambella in 2011. The race was staged under the slogan “Empower Women, Empower a Nation” and comprises a community outreach program on the eve (Saturday) where live music, interviews and a short film were shown. On Sunday 5.5km mass race and 1.2km children took place.

Gambella MDGRegistration for race was started 10 days before the race and it was closed in less than  a week showing how keen Gambella town residents are to take part on such sporting events. Some regions registration is still open on the morning of the race. Great Ethiopian Run has worked closely with the Mayor’s office, Regional Athletics Federation and Gambella Town Sport Commission to stage the event.

Gambella Region Vice President Engineer Ulero Uphiyo , Mayor of Gambella Town Chebe Chebe and Gambella Region MoWCY Head Alemitu Umode were among the dignitaries that started the race and handed out prizes to winners.  Hundreds of spectators attend the community event as well as the race on Sunday and a total of close 2,000 participants took part in the adult and children races.

Elite Men winners

1st Tsegahun Deneke

2nd Yonas Feyesa

3rd Jemal Yesuf

Elite Woman winners

1st Marta Umed

2nd Elsa Ujulu

3rd Birtukan

Source: Great Ethiopian Run

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