New York Times (US)
“Ethiopia Tries to Capitalize on Its Running Fame”
February 27th, 2013 - by Benno Muchler
“Julia Bleasdale: Cross-Continental Runner”
January 3rd, 2013 by Simon Turnbull
Competitor Magazine (US)
“The Long Run: Running Wild in Ethiopia”
April 29th, 2013 by Scott Jurek
“Hospitality for Athletes”
January 9th, 2013 by Michael Samson
“Villagisation of Athletics”
February 13th, 2012 by Girma Feyissa
Toronto Waterfront Marathon Blog (CA)
“Rejean Chiasson to run Harry’s Spring Run Off”
February 26th, 2013 by Paul Gains
iRun Canada (CA)
“Prevent Injury, Stay Healthy”
June 2013 by Bridget Mallon
Kitchissippi Times (CA)
“From the trails of the Ottawa River to Ethiopia’s Yaya Village”
March 29th, 2013 by Bridget Mallon
“In Search of the Secret”
July/August 2012 Issue by Steve Winston
Run Infinity (US)
“Running with Ethiopians - An Inspiring Experience”
July 16th, 2012 by Alexandra von Moltke
Ethiopian Review (ET)
“Yaya Africa Athletic Village in Addis Ababa Starts Operations”
January 6th 2012 by Mimi Tessema
Kitchissippi Times (CA)
March 14th, 2013 by Ryan Grant
“Ethiopia: The First Private Athletics Village to be built in Sululta”
December 4th, 2009 by Yaya Village PLC
Yaya Girls Running Program: Trial Race on Sunday February 3rd
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. TRIAL RACE ANNOUNCED AND OPEN TO ALL RUNNERS. THE Yaya Girls Running Program’s trial race to identify the Yaya Girls for the next four months has been confirmed for February 3rd 2013 at the Yaya Village Hotel.
The program provides disadvantaged, talented female runners aged 15-22 the opportunity to live and train at Yaya Village. With all of their expenses covered, Yaya Girls are exposed to elite level coaching, an intense English language program and a job skills initiative which will leave them with the ability to seek gainful employment upon graduation from the program.
There will be separate men’s (8 km) and women’s (6 km) races with cash prizes for the top three runners in each event. The races will start at 9:00 AM and are open to both local and foreign runners.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as there is expected to be high demand for a limited number of entries. There are a number of free pre-registration entries available for local female runners aged 15-22, who are eligible to join the Yaya Girls Running Program.
For local runners who are not eligible to join the program pre-registration is 15 birr and registration on race day is 30 birr. Registration for foreign runners is 60 birr and a donation of 150 birr is recommended. All donations will go entirely towards funding the Yaya Girls.
To pre-register please email email@example.com, visit the Yaya Village Hotel or call 0911573726.
Yaya Girls Running Program: Campaign Tips and New Target is Set
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN AIMS FOR $12,000. THE Yaya Girls Running Program’s fundraising drive for the January to April season has been hugely successful and has already reached its initial ‘tipping point’ of $4,500, guaranteeing that we will receive the funds that have been pledged.
Since launching on December 14th we have already raised $4,575 which fills us with confidence that achieving $12,000 by January 24th is very possible.
There is now no doubt that at least six new Yaya Girls will be literally up and running by the end of January and we see no reason not to attempt to raise the $12,000 that will provide them with full scholarships for eight as opposed to four months.
The campaign, which is located at http://bit.ly/Wao0gL has been a huge hit with friends, family and other private donators who have given us a start that everybody at the Yaya Girls Running Program is extremely pleased with. We see no reason why we cannot reach the new goal and are excited to present a talented group of girls with exciting new opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to.
Everyone at the Yaya Girls Running Program sends their very warmest regards and thanks to the generous individuals who have donated and helped us to publicise the campaign. We could not be more pleased and are excited to have you joining us on what we believe will be an incredible and rewarding journey for everyone involved!
Marathon Talk Interview
Joseph Kibur talks to Martin Yelling on his hugely successful Marathon Talk podcast!
Olympian Julia Bleasdale explains how winter training at the Yaya Village Hotel is helping her prepare for the 2013 cross country season:
Yaya Girls Running Program: Start Some Good Fundraising Page
By the Yaya Girls Team
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. YAYA GIRLS START SOME GOOD FUNDRAISER LAUNCH. THE Yaya Girls Running Program has launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to enable them to increase the number of full scholarships they provide from two girls to eight girls for the January to April running season.
It has been consistently shown that the education and empowerment of disadvantaged girls in developing nations is one of the most effective ways of giving to charity per dollar donated. The money raised in this Yaya Girls campaign will create a huge positive impact on the individual girls, the surrounding community, and eventually, Ethiopia as a whole.
On Friday 14th December the Start Some Good page was launched and is linked here @ http://bit.ly/Wao0gL. The administrative costs of the program are covered entirely by the program’s primary sponsor, the Yaya Village Hotel. Equipment has been generously donated by Yaya Girl's sponsors ReThink Wisconsin and RunningRoom. As a result, all private donations will be used entirely for the Yaya Girls. Funds will cover food, teaching, training, accommodations, medical expenses and travel to races. The YouTube helps explain the mission behind the program and the exciting new direction!
The Start Some Good platform features a two-minute video created by the Yaya Girls Running Program team recapping the initial motivation for the program, how the team envisages the program moving forward, and the importance of combiningathletics, education and job skills training in helping the Yaya Girls to reach their potential.
The initial pilot phase of the program has been extremely successful and has provided the team with experience and knowledge which leaves them well prepared to handle an increased number of girls from January onwards.
The minimum amount required for the program to launch in January with six girls is $4,500. The ultimate goal of $5,800 enables the program to work at optimum capacity, sponsoring a total of eight girls. We have no doubt that the money raised will be used effectively and are extremely grateful to all of the private sponsors who are helping us achieve our goal and START SOME GOOD!
We hope the campaign gets off to a succesful start!
For more information, contact the team @ firstname.lastname@example.org
The Great Ethiopian Run: Press Conference and Pasta Party
By Daniel Price
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. BECKY WADE MEETS HAILE. THERE’S nothing Haile Gebrselassie doesn’t know about running on his home turf and the double Olympic champion was nothing if not generous when he passed on some tips and inside information to young American runner Becky Wade before Sunday’s 12th Great Ethiopian Run which will have 36,000 competitors.
On Friday 23rd November The Yaya Village Hotel staff attended the press conference at The Hilton Hotel. The conference was hosted by the General Manager of the race Ermias Ayele and legendary British marathon runner and race director of the inaugural 2001 event Richard Nerurkar.
Nerurkar interviewed a panel of foreign athletes, which included Yaya’s own elite runner Becky, who received personal advice from Yaya Village Hotel co-owner Gebrselassie on how to run the race. Becky spoke confidently in front of media from around the world about her appreciation of the Ethiopian running culture and the ways in which Yaya Village has served her as an ideal altitude training location. Becky is spending 12 months studying running cultures around the world as an awardee of the prestigious Watson Fellowship.
Team GB endurance star and Yaya Village Hotel guest Julia Bleasdale was also on stage and talked of her breakthrough Olympic campaign where she finished eighth in both the 5 and 10 k events in London. Julia visited Ethiopia frequently between 2006 and 2009 and explained how happy she is to be back for an extended training stay, taking advantage of the high altitude and seemingly endless trails which surround Yaya Village.
On the evening of the 24th November the Yaya Village Hotel is cosponsoring the Pasta Party, a well-attended informal event for foreign athletes who are competing on Sunday morning. Yaya Village will be showing a two minute video showcasing the facilities available at the hotel which was produced by Teddy Yifru, the official videographer of The Great Ethiopian Run. We are thrilled to be part of the weekend festivities and hope that both Becky Wade and Yaya Girl Meseret Godana compete well and are able to demonstrate the benefits of the high altitude training available at the Yaya Village Hotel.
Ethiopian News: Yaya Village Becomes Operational
Yaya Village was established by Joseph Kibur and three other shareholders including double Olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie in 2009. It started operation in 2011 after two years of construction. The location was chosen because of the ideal environment including altitude, temperature and the surrounding forest and mountain area.
The goal of Yaya Village is to provide a world class training facility for both local and international endurance athletes. It is also as our stated mission to contribute to the development of our community. As such we follow the concepts of green tourism by employing local people whenever possible; recycling waste, growing vegetables and spices in our own organic farm and conserving energy. In addition we provide scholarships and other assistance to help the development of young Ethiopian athletes especially women.
VILLAGISATION OF ATHLETICS