Three-time Olympic champion Tirunesh Dibaba will make her Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run debut in Glasgow on 2 October. The Ethiopian has been announced as the latest big name to take part in the half marathon.
Arguably the greatest female distance runner of all time, Dibaba added to her Olympic medal haul in Rio this summer by taking bronze in the 10,000m, and most recently finished third in Sunday’s Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields.
Dibaba’s three Olympic gold medals came in 2008 where she won both the 10,000m and the 5,000m, and in 2012 when she triumphed over the 10,000m in London.
She goes up against Betsy Saina, who finished fifth in the Rio Olympic 10,000m. The 28-year-old Kenyan won the Great Manchester Run in 2015, with Dibaba taking victory in the same event this year to mark her return to road running after she took time off to have a baby.
The Great Scottish Run – Scotland’s largest mass participation running event – incorporates both a 10k and half marathon that takes runners through some of Glasgow’s best known streets. Starting at George Square in the heart of Glasgow, the course sees runners follow the iconic 10k and half marathon routes through the city before they enter Glasgow Green and reach the tree lined finish straight in the shadow of Nelson’s Monument, with the action captured live on BBC Television.
The day before the event, Saturday, October 1, also sees the popular Super Saturday returning to the city with a Toddler Dash, Family Mile and Junior Run.
Time is running out to join Dibaba on the start line as half marathon entries close on Monday 19 September. For more information and to enter the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run visit the event website.