The project is to research, write and publish a book telling the story of Bekoji. All profits from the book’s sale will be fedback into supporting young
athletes and coaches personal development and athletics infrastructure in Ethiopia.
The Bekoji book project is being led by Declan Murray, a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Declan first visited
Ethiopia, and Bekoji, with RAB in 2013. Struck on arrival at how ordinary the town is and how hidden its runners are, Declan saw a story he didn’t feel could be captured in many of the
short articles and blogs he had read about Bekoji before his visit. This intrigue, the success of the ‘Town of Runners’ film
and the lack of popular writing on running in Ethiopia led Declan, and RAB, to seek to tell Bekoji’s story over the past 30 years.
The book will be writtern first in English with an Amharic version thereafter. Follow Declan
on twitter: @declanmurray