12 Facts About the Mystery Marathon

Q&A With Marketing Manager Lynne Scarf

What is the weather like in Ethiopia in October?

Temperatures vary according to altitude. In Addis Ababa , average temperatures in October are from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees. In other words, cool in the early morning and evening, but warm in the middle part of the day.

In Hawassa the altitude is lower and temperatures can rise to the mid-80s during the middle part of the day, but are likely to be around 50 degrees at the time of the race start at 6:15 in the morning.

Is there a charity component to the race?

Organizers of the Haile Gebrselassie Marathon have pledged a minimum contribution of $200,000 to benefit the Entoto Foundation. The Entoto Foundation is dedicated to helping Ethiopians gain access to much-needed medical care that is otherwise not available to them. Money raised by the Entoto Foundation helps cover the costs of critical medical equipment, supplies and medicine, and training of healthcare personnel in Ethiopia. The organization is run entirely by volunteers.

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