ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Tirunesh Dibaba ran in an empty stadium and Kenenisa Bekele inside his own residence as the previous Olympic champions raised funds Saturday for Ethiopia’s battle towards the coronavirus outbreak.

The Ethiopian athletes had been joined by newbie runners from the world over. Contributors ran on treadmills or on the spot inside their properties, or round their gardens.

The occasion was streamed dwell on-line and runners linked on Zoom, Fb Reside and YouTube in a digital fundraiser.

Dibaba, who’s gained three gold medals within the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, ran at an empty Nationwide Stadium in Addis Ababa with sisters Genzebe and Ejegayehu, additionally prime athletes. Bekele, additionally a three-time Olympic champion, ran inside his residence with members of his household seen within the background on his video stream.

Organizers stated cash raised might be donated to 2 Ethiopia-based non-profit organizations which are serving to the nation’s efforts towards the virus.

Grand African Run, an annual enjoyable run normally held in america, and the Ethiopian Athletics Federation mixed to arrange the occasion. It attracted runners from throughout the globe, largely Ethiopians. There was no specified distance or length for the individuals to run.