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RAB High Altitude Training Camp
The establishment of the Running Across Borders High Altitude Training Camp in
· A structured programme of training for 5 female and 7 male athletes supervised by the expertise of qualified RAB head coach Melaku Biratu and assistant coach Maresha Aserat.
· Accommodation, food, sports equipment and medical expertise specific to the needs of an endurance athlete.
· English tuition through Tinbit Amare, our qualified Ethiopian English teacher.
· The opportunity for our athletes to compete in domestic and international competitions.
· Potential employment opportunities on site with athletes acting as chefs, sports administrators, cleaners and running guides to foreign athletes.
· A facility in which to host foreign visitors as part of the RAB High Altitude Visit and Train Programme.
The extensive preparations for the Camp start date of Easter 2009 took place between July 2008 and April 2009: it was important that the Arsi Zone Youth and Sport Administration, where the athletes come from, were on board with our project; that personal liaison with the athletes’ families took place to explain the objectives of the project; and that we had formal agreement from the Ethiopian Athletics Federation that Garrett and I could act as representatives for Ethiopian athletes. Garrett was able to do this at the beginning of the year while on a fieldwork trip as part of his M.Sc.
We also focused on a fundraising strategy to support the operations of the training camp. The RAB Sponsor-an-Athlete Programme has enabled us to support each of the athletes bar one in the camp. The RAB Visit and Train Programme, specifically tailored for foreign athletes, has provided a valuable source of income beyond monthly donations. Funding for the start up costs such as rent and utilities, furniture, salaries for the coaches, the teacher, chef, driver and cleaner had to be in place also. Each of the athletes have benefited greatly from their initial 4 months in the training camp and are working hard in each area of camp life in particular the education programme.
RAB Education Programme
As a result of this connection Running Across Borders have been invited by the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation to participate in the Good Pitch on the 7th and 8th of September in London. Jerry, and other select groups of filmmakers, pitch their respective films and associated outreach campaigns to an invited audience of foundations, NGOs, campaigners, advertising agencies, brands and media. A round table discussion exploring the films issues and ways in which the film industry can engage effectively with the NGO sector to bring about social change ensues. The Guardian Newspaper describes it like this: "It’s a perfect marriage. NGOs get access to some of the world’s best filmmakers, and filmmakers get access to research, distribution and funding.” This is a great opportunity for RAB and Malcolm will be representing the organisation at the round table session on 8 September.
The trailer of the film can be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsQhAH0IXxk
More about the Good Pitch can be found at: http://britdoc.org/real_good/pitch/
RAB Sponsor-an-Athlete Programme
We are pleased to announce that Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF) (www.girlsgottarun.org) have expanded their support for us by agreeing to sponsor a further two female athletes in addition to the three they already sponsor. In particular we were very pleased to welcome Gaby Grebski, Coordinator of the GGRF pen pal programme when she delivered letters from the Sidwell Friends Girls Track Team. This pen pal programme helps the girls in their study of English and forges friendships ‘across borders."
2L Coaching an online coaching company in Pennsylvania partners with us in support of RAB athlete Eda'o Welge http://www.2lcoaching.com/news/news.asp?ID=46 Other sponsors include the Guernsey Amateur Athletics Association supporting Eshetu Denbel; Swarthmore College Cross-country Alums, Garrett's former university teammates, sponsoring Daniel Mulugeta; Bart Borghuis sponsoring Endila Tekelab; Peter Middleton sponsoring Yared Hagos having raised money through competing in the Edinburgh Marathon. Triona McGhee sponsoring Aman Suffo having raised money through competing in the Diet Coke East Kilbride 10km race. And Steven Smith sponsoring Haptamu Gotonoho having raised money competing in the Translap Mountain Bike Challenge, an 8 day mountain bike stage race across the Alps covering 630km and 22km ascent in
Many thanks to all our athlete sponsors. Your support is greatly appreciated
We are presently looking for one sponsor for our remaining male athlete, Mesfin Shifter. Athletes living in the camp can be sponsored for 65 US dollars per month. 50 US dollars provides for the cost of training meals in the camp with a diet matched to the caloric needs and the nutritional composition required for elite level endurance athletes. Having 50 cents per day per athlete (15 dollars per month) provides transportation to various training venues in Addis enabling athletes to train on asphalt, grass, hills and track surfaces and enhancing our properly-balanced training program. See www.runningacrossborders.org/SponsorAnAthlete.html for more information
RAB Athletics Results
22 March 2009 - Ethiopian National Competition
25 June - 6th Annual
Running Across Borders' two men’s teams and one women’s team were competing against well established clubs such as Global Nike Project, Oromia Police and Muger Cement. Achieved on the day were a solid 6th place for our men's A team and 9th for the B team out of 30 elite teams and 6th place for our women's team out of 20 elite teams.
1 July -
This event features relay teams covering the marathon distance in a series of legs of distances 5km, 10km, or 7.195 km, which must be run by a combination of men and women.
1.Habtamu 5km 14:27.9 8th position
2.Dinkuane 5km 18:29.0 9th
3.Girma 10km 29:56.6-8th
4.Nishan 5km 17:31.38-9th
5.Aman 10km 30:16.0—9th
6.Dinkinesh 7.195km 25:43.10—10th
7 July Assela Stadium: Ethiopian Athletics Federation Youth Development Project Competition.
Developmental athletes Haptamu and Aman posted a 1-2 finish in the 10,000m with times of 30:18.0 by Haptamu and 30:18.3 by Aman. Based on their outstanding performance they were selected to run at the Ethiopian Youth Track and Field Championships. In the 1500m competition Daniel suffered a defeat, something he has rarely experienced at the regional level, but nonetheless ran 3:49.6 for 2nd place.
22 March -
In his first ever international marathon Running Across Borders athlete Urga Negewo came through the finish line in 16th position clocking a time of 2:16:01. The 23 year old athlete from the Oromia region of
marathon - the Abebe Bikila International Marathon,
RAB Visit and Train Programme
RAB online and in the media
· Letsrun.com - An article about some of Nebiyu Osman's experiences plus a video of a training workout he did with the RAB athletes. http://runningacrossborders.org/7-8-09FunWorkoutArticle.html
· Kayla Nolan’s online blog - Kayla is completing a fascinating summer research project on the role of athletics in the lives of Ethiopian women. See her blog at www.ethiopiaontherun.com
· Freelance writer Amy Reinink has written an article entitled 'Ethiopian runners with DC connections provide inspiration on a rainy day', accounting for three of Running Across Borders female athletes and their sponsors Girls Gotta Run Foundation. See http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-8091-DC-Running-Fitness-Examiner~y2009m5d5-Ethiopian-runners-with-DC-connections-provide-inspiration-on-a-rainy-day
RAB’s presence in future months: 2009
will teach a one-week course on sports massage from the RAB Training Camp. The objective of the course will be to enhance the sports massage knowledge and skill of all participants which will include Ethiopian medical professionals, students, and athletes. Ethiopian medical professionals and students will enhance their qualifications and/or develop a new career direction. Ethiopian athletes, meanwhile will learn skills that can aid them and their peers in the prevention of injuries.
How to Help Us
Our success to date has been largely through word of mouth, therefore you can help by simply raising awareness of Running Across Borders to your friends. If you are running a marathon, half marathon, 10km or 5km race or even climbing a mountain or doing a cycle race why not consider entering and raising funds on behalf of Running Across Borders. For competitive athletes who think that charity running is for joggers consider giving a portion of your prize winnings to RAB as Garrett did at his last marathon in Loch Ness, Scotland. For the more adventurous why not organize a race to sponsor an organization like RAB, that uses sport itself to promote social development in developing countries.
You can make a recurring or in-kind cash donation to RAB by credit card by visiting our page on the International Humanities Center, our fiscal sponsor, at or by Cheque, making the cheque payable to 'IHCenter/Running Across Borders' mailing it to: International Humanities Center, 860 Via de la Paz, Suite B-1, Pacific Palisades CA 90272, USA
You can make a recurring or in-kind cash donation to RAB by credit card by visiting our page on the International Humanities Center, our fiscal sponsor, at
or by Cheque, making the cheque payable to 'IHCenter/Running Across Borders' mailing it to:
International Humanities Center, 860 Via de la Paz, Suite B-1,
CA 90272, USA
All funds go directly to supporting athletes and our work in the training camp.
Thank you very much for your support.
Malcolm Anderson Garrett Ash