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Hanging With Haile Gebrselassie At Home

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 6, 2011
Haile Gebrselassie spends a lot of his time at home doing things other than running. Photo: IAAF

Haile Gebrselassie spends a lot of his time at home doing things other than running. Photo: IAAF

Besides training for marathons, he’s a businessman and a family man as well.

IAAF reporter Andreas Meier recently shadowed marathon world record holder Haile Gebrselassie around for a day in his home in Ethiopia’s captial city, Addis Ababa.

Meier reports that Gebrselassie has been “back in solid training for his next race,” which is the Vienna City Half Marathon. This is good news for Gebrselassie fans, since the 37-year-old Olympic champion has been struggling with a persistent knee injury, which forced him to not take part in the Tokyo Marathon in February.

But running and racing aside, Meier observers Gebrselassie in another light. “The first thing you notice when you visit him in Addis Ababa is that Gebrselassie is a busy and successful businessman,” Meier writes.

Gebrselassie owns a cinema, a fitness center,a Hyundai dealership, and even a resort at Lake Awassa.  His cell phone never seems to stop ringing.

Still, Gebrselassie stresses that his family comes first. He is the father of three girls and a boy. “Family always comes first for me, then running, then business,” he says.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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