East African Cross Country Championships
Genrehalf marathon
Location(s)East Africa
Years active2000–2006
Most recent2006
ParticipantsEast African nations
Organised byConfederation of African Athletics

The East African Half Marathon Championships was an international half marathon competition among athletes from East Africa. The competition was the first dedicated road running championship. The event was contiguous with other regional competitions in the sport of athletics, including the East African Athletics Championships (first held 1995) and the East African Cross Country Championships (first held 1999). An East African Marathon Championships was also briefly held during this period, having only one outing in 2002 (won by Tesfit Berhe).[1]

The inaugural edition was staged in Djibouti and featured an individual men's race only. Three further editions were subsequently held, in 2003, 2005 and finally 2006. The last edition included a women's race for the first time.[1] The competition was not held thereafter.[2]


Edition Year Location Country Men's winner Time Women's winner Time
1st 2000 ? Djibouti  Simon Peter (TAN) 1:04:34
2nd 2003 Massawa Eritrea  Zersenay Tadese (ERI) 1:05:32
3rd 2005 Khartoum Sudan  Mohamed Ahmed (SUD) 1:07:30
4th 2006 Nairobi Kenya  Jacob Yator (KEN) 1:03:56A  Hellen Cherono (KEN) 1:15:07A


  1. ^ a b East African Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  2. ^ East African Half Marathon Championships. Sport Olympic. Retrieved 2021-01-23.