Ethiopian marathon legend, Haile Gebrselassie is expected to arrive in Ghana on Tuesday to launch the first rated international marathon to take place in Ghana, the Millenium Marathon.
Gebrselassie who will take part in the marathon when it runs off in September, arrives at the Kotoka International Airport at 11 am on Tuesday ahead of the launch at Alisa Hotel in Accra at 4pm and an evening cocktail at the residence of the Ethiopia Ambassador at 7pm.
This will be the first time Ghana will be hosting such a momentous marathon event for both local and international runners, and the first time the World Marathon runner will arrive in Ghana.
Organizers of the event, Millennium Marathon Sports Company believe the race and its side attractions will boost Ghana’s economy in terms of trade and tourism.
As thousands of marathon runners are expected to participate in this maiden edition across the capital, the event is expected to involve a mix of ambassadors and ministers among runs to promote health, tourism and trade and is billed to attract over 15,000 runners, both locally and internationally.
The Millennium Marathon Sports Company is working alongside major stakeholders in the country; the Government of Ghana, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Tourism Ministry, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana Police Service, Health Ministry, Diplomatic Corps, Coca Cola, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Daily Graphic, Alisa Hotel, Ethiopian Embassy and Ethiopian Airlines.
The 21k km and 5k km marathon will commence from the Independence Square through principal streets in the capital city and end at the same Independence Square.
Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete and has won two Olympic gold medals over 10k km.
He has set 27 world records and to his credit, won four World Championship titles. Haile Gebrselassie is the most famous man in Ethiopia and in the World marathon events. The five-time world champion broke a marathon world record at the 2008 Berlin Marathon.