On March 2nd over 150 runners will compete in Ethiopia's first ever trail race-- a half marathon in the country's northern mountain highlands. The race is a culmination of a week of shared contribution to the eye health and educational strength of Ethiopia with Himalayan Cataract Project and imagine1day. In the days leading up to the race I will be bringing you profiles of Accelerate Ethiopia--runners (including local superstars, up and coming pros, and our international team of runners who have made Accelerate Ethiopia possible), educators, doctors, and change makers.
Coach Alem is the Accelerate Ethiopia Race Director. Alem grew up in northern Tigray-- not far from the site of the March 2nd race. He was a member of the Ethiopian National Team in the early 90's and competed in the marathon, for 5 years. These days Alem lives in New York City and works for the New York Road Runners. We spoke this mornign before a training run...
MB: What do you love about running?
AK: "That's my life." He laughs. "That's the easiest question-- it's what I love."