New York Marathon 2014: Will to Win Returns After Training Partner’s Death

Buzunesh Deba, left, with Tigist Tufa, was second in the 2013 New York City Marathon, months after her friend Meskerem Legesse died. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times -
By LINDSAY CROUSE, New York Times Buzunesh Deba, left, with Tigist Tufa, was second in the 2013 New York City Marathon, months after her friend Meskerem Legesse died. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times - On the international odyssey of elite running, from Ethiopia to the United States, Buzunesh Deba and Meskerem Legesse were training partners, roommates and best friends. When Legesse died...

Stephen Kiprotich Gears Up for New York Marathon

Stephen Kiprotich
By Moses Mugalu, The Observer Stephen Kiprotich’s hopes of winning the New York Marathon have been hampered by the current torrential rains pounding his adopted training base of Eldoret, Kenya. The Olympic and World marathon champion has since September 19 pitched camp in Eldoret for the ideal high-altitude training environment to prepare for the meet slated for Sunday, November 2. In an interview...

Hub of Africa’s Bumpy Fashion Week

Featured works of Yohannes sisters Z(photo: Addis Fortune)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – On Thursday October 23, 2014, the third Hub of Africa Fashion Week (HAFW) opened up at the Galani Coffee House, a chic warehouse turned coffee shop near Gerji Mebrat Hail in Addis Abeba. The fashion show, which showcases various designers in one venue, is a three-day event that includes “two nights of fashion and one night of pure industry” said Linda Murithi, one...

Buzunesh Deba’s Bronx Tale

Bizunesh Deba
New York’s fastest marathoner looks to win at home By Sabrina Yohannes, Running Times Magazine Buzunesh Deba (Photo by Joshua Simpson) Buzunesh Deba, age 26, was born and raised in the Arsi region of Ethiopia, but for nearly a decade she has resided in or near New York. “Oh, Bronx is my home,” she says with affection toward the borough where she lives with her husband and coach,...

Belaynesh Olijira Triumphs at Great South Run

Belaynesh Olijira
Kenya’s James Rungaru and Ethiopia’s Belaynesh Oljira produced exciting finishes to take victories over 10 miles on the roads at the Bupa Great South Run, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, in Portsmouth, United Kingdom on Sunday (26). In cool, blustery conditions, the 21-year-old Rungaru, who represented Kenya in the junior race at the 2011 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, settled into a lead...

On the road to victory

Tirfi Tsegaye
By Mark Jenkin, The Reporter Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Patience and hard work are the attributes Tirfi Tsegaye says are vital to success for any long-distance runner. At the age of 29 and with victories in two of the world’s biggest marathons this year, the athlete from the renowned running town of Bekoji knows what it takes to reach the top. As she passed through the Brandenburg Gate...

Aberu Kebede wins Frankfurt Marathon

Aberu Kebede
Frankfurt, Germany -Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede comfortably took the 2014 Frankfurt Marathon title in 2:21:21, ahead of Kenya’s Sharon Chebet 2:23:44, with another Ethiopian Ashetu Bekere third in 2:24:59. The men’s race was dominated by the Kenyans, who took the first three spots.  The 38-year-old Mark Kiptoo, who won 5,000m bronze at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, crossed the line in...

Nine parties to “cooperate” for upcoming election

Political Cooperation
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Nine opposition parties have formed a platform for cooperation to stand together in the upcoming election and, in the long run, to create a platform where the parties can work together to ensure the existence of free, fair, participatory and credible elections, to expand the political space and to work on issues related to human and democratic rights of citizens. The...

Ethiopia to deploy 210 health workers in Ebola-hit West Africa

Dr. Keseteberhan Admassu
Addis Ababa – Ethiopia said Friday it will deploy about 210 health professionals to Ebola-affected countries to support the response against the epidemic in West Africa. In addition, the East African nation has also decided to provide financial support of $500,000 to the response in the highly affected countries, Xinhua reported. Speaking at a press conference on Friday in Ethiopia’s...

Meet the Tour Operator: Dr. Yohannes Zeleke

Yohannes Zeleke is a man of many hats, including the one above. (Photo by David Cogswell) -
Dr. Yohannes Zeleke is a man of many hats, including the one above. (Photo by David Cogswell) When you hang with somebody,  when you get down, travel around, eat meals together, hike around, discuss, argue, dance, drink, sing, laugh and various other things, you don’t often think about the initials after people’s names. But in truth Yohannes Zeleke, a member of the party that traveled to Ethiopia...