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Surrounding Yaya Village, the picturesque area of Sululta is fast developing into Ethiopia’s number one spot for endurance training. Construction is visible everywhere, from hotels, houses and apartments, to training facilities. Kenenisa Bekele has invested over $1.5 million to built a stunning six-lane all-weather track, just a kilometre down the road from Yaya Village. It […]

Yaya African Athletics Village

To the north of Addis Ababa, over the Entoto Hills and in the area of Sululta lies the Yaya African Athletics Village, which has been my home for the past six weeks. In Amharic, ‘Yaya’ means happy, and Yaya Village is certainly that. Established by Joseph Kibur in collaboration with Haile Gebrselassie, Yaya Village provides […]

Welcome to Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa or ‘new flower’ is the capital city of Ethiopia and possibly the largest endurance running hub in the World! Founded in the late 1880s by Emperor Menelik II, the city centre lies at an altitude of 2700m and rises over 3000m in the Entoto Hills to the north. At sunrise the views from […]