5. August 2007
Last Sunday (July 29) in
I also joined the race, and my Sunday morning was perhaps typical of the average participant who may not be a good runner but enjoyed the event. I had spent the previous day at the Oromo Studies Association (OSA) conference and that night at one of the evening parties. After my alarm clock woke me up bright and early, I drove from my hotel to the race location -
About half of the runners were Oromo. Some were locals from
As I ran around the lake, I saw several runners wearing the OLF flag, and when I got to the finish line, I saw a crowd of people in traditional Oromo clothing cheering for me. They were cheering for everyone of course; the atmosphere was happy and positive. After I rested, drank some water, and chatted with some friends, I hurried back to my car because I did not want to be late for the Sunday morning sessions of the OSA conference. Unfortunately, this was not actually necessary, because unlike the race which began on time, the OSA conference began two hours behind schedule. As a result, I missed the award ceremony, when the race's primary sponsor Mike Abebe handed out the generous cash prizes to the winners.
For the women's 10K, Yimenashu Taye, Aziza Aliyu, and Alemsteshay Misganaio took first, second, and third place. For the men's, Mathew Chesang, Wegayehu Tefera, and Jason Lehimkukle.
For the women's 5K, Atalelech Ketema, Amy Lyons, and Emily Brown took first, second, and third. For the men's, Brad Lowery, Jason Lehimkukle, and Mathew Cheserg.
Distance races have become a common tool for charities and human rights organizations in