Running Legend Gebrselassie Bids Farewell

Haile Gebrselassie, widely regarded as one of the greatest distance runners in history, will bid farewell to competitive running on the streets of Glasgow on October 4th.

The Ethiopian, who has broken 27 world records in his illustrious career, will take part over the 10k distance in Scotland’s biggest weekend of running.

Haile, 42, gained international recognition in 1992 when he won the 5000m and 10,000m races at the 1992 Junior World Championships in Seoul, and in a career spanning over two decades won major competitions at distances from 1500m to the marathon.

As the winner of the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run half marathon in 2013, Haile is expecting a special day. 

Haile said, “I love the city of Glasgow and the atmosphere in the city. It will be quite an emotional day for me as I say farewell to competitive running. Returning to this year’s event is a great opportunity for me to say thank you to the people of Glasgow by running the 10k.”

His participation will give runners the opportunity to join the legend in Glasgow, with the event still open for entries. After running the 10k, Haile is expected to assist with honorary starting duties for the half marathon, which will be televised live on BBC 2.

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