Ethiopian legend, Haile Gebrselassie, will end his competitive running career in Glasgow at the Great Scottish Run 10K on 4 October. The 42-year-old has broken 27 world records in his illustrious career and was crowned winner at the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in 2013.
Gebrselassie Set For Glasgow Swansong
Haile gained international recognition in 1992 when he won the 5,000m 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.
He said of his return to the Great Scottish Run: “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.”
Those inspired by his announcement can join Haile on the startline, 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.
To enter either the 10k or the half marathon at the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit the event website.