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Tadesse Abraham - Marathon Athlete from Switzerland. 


22.02.2018 - Tade from training camp No 3

As my Facebook subscribers know, life in the training camp in Ethiopia is modest. I wash my clothes in the shower tray, there is no washing machine. And instead of the cushioned lounge chair, I enjoy my book on the wooden chair. But just now, I treated myself to a fine macchiato (and of course a piece of chocolate). This just after a wonderful morning run over 21 km in 1h20min.

Well - I don’t have much time left to finish the Harry Quebert. That’s why I have to confess, that I wont be able to fish the book during this training camp, as promised to my wife. After all there are only a few days left for the marathon in Lake Biwa on the 4th of March. I’ll leave on the 27th of February and will arrive in Japan on the 28th. As far as I know, there are only two Europeans invited for the marathon, three from Kenya and one from Ethiopia. He is not a member of my trainings group.

The week previous the marathon I reduce my training to 60-70 km. I eat well and enough and recover well. Before the marathon there is always a press conference where the athletes announce at what speed they want to run the track. This is an official announcement and very important for the pacemakers. They should follow these guidelines. If not, they might get less bonus. I wont tell in advance how fast I intend to run. Let yourself be surprised.  It would be nice, if it wouldn’t rain on competition day. It is like it is and it comes as it comes.

This also applies to the athletes, who are participating now at the Winter Olympics. They shouldn’t let themselves be affect by the weather.  Since there are no athletes from Ethiopia competing, there is little interest here for the games in South Korea. I’m only watching the highlights on TV. Colognas success I found out on Facebook. I saw Sarah Hoefflins gold-run and also that Roger Federer is back on number one position in tennis. He turned last year in August 36 years old, I’m turning 36 next August – on the same day as the marathon at the European championship in Berlin. I just had to post on Facebook about age being just a number…

Speaking of age: my young running mate Julien Wanders (soon turning 22) beat a few days ago in Barcelona my Swiss record on half marathon by 33 seconds. That wasn’t entirely unexpected. Julien is a big talent and of course I’ll try to get this record back. Competition is not only exciting for the races, it does make me and Julien stronger. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the next Escalade de Genève.

Until then, there are still a few months. And my focus currently is on my race in Lake Biwa. And in Japan, the younger ones should bow to the elders.


09.02.2018 - Tade from training camp No 2
I got rid of the flu. The endurance test and long-lasting strain have proved it the last days.  15x2 min with short breaks on unsealed road on 2200 meters above sea level. A 37km run in a hilly terrain 2700 meters over the sea level in 2h15min. The last few kilometres we completed in 3 min 25 sec – and in a small group. About three-quarter of my training group went to Dubai for the marathon or to Europe for competitions. In less then two weeks we will be complete again.

I still owe you two answers:
My first marathon this year – I will run the Lake Biwa marathon in Japan, march 4th. I ran this track once in 2010 and finished third. Good memories. The start will be in the stadium, the track goes along the lake, through the city and back again by the lake to finish in the stadium. The record time on this course is 2:06:13 by Wilson Kipsang in 2011.
And then I was asked, if it was my favourite chocolate on my last blog? Well, I like all types of chocolate. Chocolate isn’t only my first energy supplier after a hard training. It does also remind me of my Switzerland and my family. Each time I travel to Ethiopia, half of my suitcase is filled with chocolate. And sometimes this is a problem. All my training partners eat straight away after training a banana with bread. But those, who know that I have chocolate, they rather ask me for it then having their banana and bread. That's why I can only enjoy my piece of chocolate in my room, all by my self. ;-))) 
By the way, there is another object that I always bring along from Switzerland: my red terry towel with the Swiss cross. You can see it on the picture.

Well, now I have to come to an end and continue with my book. As a student, I used to read a lot. Since becoming a professional athlete, I have been 100% focused on running. Now I started reading again. Not quite voluntarily. A friend of my wife - both do read a lot - gave me a book for the training camp. “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” by Joel Dicker, a Swiss author from Geneva, in French. I have to admit, it was a bit too difficult for me. That's why she bought me than the English version of it. I’m on page 50 and till the end of the training camp I need to finish the book. And those who know Joel Dicker, know: the book is thick. 
Until then, Tade

26.01.2018 - Tade from training camp No 1
Ethiopia in the summer - that sounds like shorts and T-shirt weather. That's why my family and friends envied me at my departure from home on January 1st.  And that's also what I was looking forward to. Because the “snow match” that we had at the Silvesterlauf in Zurich, showed me once again that I’m not a winter sports athlete. So, off to the sun. But, it wasn’t that warm. In Addis Ababa at 2500 meters above sea level, where I live, Temperatures dropped below 10 degrees during the night, and by day – when I wasn’t exercising – I was always wearing a quilted jacked. After only a few days, I had a cold, was fighting with a cough and finally had to stay in bed. I had to pause one week from training. After that, I was allowed to do what the body wants to do – to run. The first long run test made me happy. 40km at 3200 meters altitude in 2h 30 min. Just accompanied by my training colleague Getu Feleke. It felt good! And made me optimistic, because the first marathon is coming soon.
There are two possibilities for me: On the 4th of march, Lake Biwa (Japan), a 2:07h route, a bit hilly, a few European runners, prize money for the top 10 or maybe on the 16th of march in Seoul, where I ran the Swiss record two years ago, a 2:05h route, flat, with strong runners. What do you think, where will I start? I’ll tell you more next week…
Until then, Tade  

5. November 2017 - excellent comeback in NYC Marathon
After his injury early this year Tadesse convinced in New York. He could keep up with a high-level field and crossed the finish line after 1'08" as excellent 5th. 

16.09.2017 - successful comeback in half marathon
Tadesse convinces. Right from the beginning he dictated the pace; with an impressive solo run from kilometer 7 on Tadesse won with a good time of 1:03:19,0. He is very happy to have won again in Uster, the home town of LC Uster.

Swiss TV comment, sportaktuell (16.09.2017)

31.08.2017 - Comeback in New York
I'm glad to inform you, that I will run my first marathon this year in New York November, 5th. I'm happy and I'm looking forward to start in NY!

My next competition in Switzerland will be in 2 weeks: Swiss Championship in Half-Marathon at the Greifenseelauf, September, 16th.


Tadesse was in Ethiopia for training, the goal London Marathon and European Record on focus. Now this project suffered a severe setback. Cause of a stress fracture at the sacrum he had to interrupt his training in Ethiopia. more details


With a time of 21:43,4 Tadesse wins for the sixth time in a row the Basler Stadtlauf. This makes Tadesse record winner in Basle.
2nd is Bernard Matheka with 1,8 sec behind Tadesse.

Great pleasure for Tadesse. After a very successful year, yesterday Tadesse received the award Athlete of the Year from Swiss Athletics
More details (german/french) 
Swiss Athletics.

Place 7 for Tadesse at the Olympics in Rio. He was part of the leading group til 30km, then the top-favourite Kipshoge increased the speed. Tadesse had to let go and arrived after 2:11.42. That means olympic diploma! He is happy and enjoyed this special time with Christian Kreihenbühl after his arrival. Details (german/french) Swiss Athletics.

After his successful halfmarathon championship titel he is confident for the next challenge the olympic marathon. Well trained and in good health Tadesse sais: 'Everything is possible in Rio after Amsterdam.'
We are looking forward to august, 21st!

At the StraLugano-Run Tade made third in a strong field with global competitors. With 1:01:24 - 42 sec under the Swiss record - he run only once faster. Now he has to recover as the next competition will be this Friday at Schweizermeisterschaften 10’000m.

Tadesse wrote swiss marathon-history and is new record holder in Switzerland. In Seoul (KOR) he ran the marathon of his life - with 2:06:40 he set a fantastic Swiss record. He missed the eurepean record only by 4 sec.
Swiss Athletics (german)

In Italy Tadesse participated his first international race in 10'000m European Cup. With warm temperatures he finished fourth with a time of 28:41:37.
Since 2006 no swiss athlet were so fast - Belz had a time of 28:02:46 and Röthlin 28:23:20.

Tadesse won the GP Bern for the second time in a row and for the third time overall. The first time since 1989 as Markus Ryffel won, this year again a Swiss Athlet wins the GP Bern. In contrast to previous year he won by a clear margin of almost one minute. Swiss Athletics and Gallery Athletix.

Tadesse was selected for the World Championships in Beijing by the selection committee of Swiss Athletics. This year he will participate in a World Championships for Switzerland for the first time. Besides him the walkers Laura and Marie Polli were selected. For more Details see Website Swiss Athletics (de/fr).

On his first marathon in 2015 Tadesse finishes 10th with a time of 2:11:37. Despite a cold days before, he reaches the limit for the WC that will take place in Beijing in august 2015.

Tadesse was elected as Swiss Starter February 2015 in the Online voting of Swiss Starters. Tadesse thanks all his fans; this will motivate him for his upcoming race on 15th march in Seoul!

Tadesse started with a great race in this new year. He won the half marathon in Barcelona with a fast time of 1:00:42; he improved his personal best and set a new record for Switzerland.

Tadesse 2nd at the Silvesterlauf Zürich - 17.8 sec after the fast runner from Kenya Abraham Kipyatich.
Overall victory in the Post-Cup 2014 for Tadesse Abraham and Fabienne Schlumpf. Both made 2nd place at this year's 38th Zürich Silvesterlauf and hence were best suisse runners.

Tadesse wins for the 4th time in a row the 'Basler Stadtlauf' - Matheka Bernard 2nd and Simon Tesfay 3rd - with a very good time 21:42:6, this means course record!

Tadesse wins the half marathon for the 4th time. He won gold with a time of 1:03:13 ahead of Patrick Kiplagat from Kenya. 

'Tadesse Abraham is close to the People, a very popular person - a great winner for the Hallwilerseelauf.' Gianin Müller, Media Hallwilerseelauf

Tadesse wins again! Although not yet recovered after his European Championship Marathon he could ensure a sufficient distance between him an his competitors. With lots of fans along the streets he finished his race with a time of 1:04:33.4. One of the most beautiful victories he sais. After 2011 and 2013 this is the 3rd time he wins the International Greifenseelauf in Uster.

Team-Bronze comforts Tadesse about the missed opportunity to win an individual medal in marathon.

Tadesse in good shape at test competition 'Foulées de Longemer' in France over 10km. He wins with a time of 29:30.

Tadesse is allowed to start for Switzerland!
The change of nationality is done. Tadesse will definitely do the marathon for the Swiss Team at the European Championship. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) informed Swiss Athletics, that Tadesse from now on is allowed to start for Switzerland. Currently he is doing his preparations for this marathon, which is held on Sunday, July, 17 in Zürich. He will then be part of the Swiss Team of six.

Tadesse wins his first competition as Swiss. He wins the 10'000m Swiss Championship with a time of 29:05:62 - with record of stadium and Personal Best. 

Tadesse gets the swiss citizenship!
Tadesse Abraham (31, LC Uster), two-time winner of the Zurich Marathon and this year's winner of GP Bern obtained the Swiss nationality. Thus the criterias are fulfilled for the selection of Swiss Athletics. Press Release (PDF)

Tadesse Abraham - a Neo-Suisse as favorite at European Championship. On Monday, June, 2, in Sportlounge on TV SRF2.

Abraham Tadesse e il sogno europeo:  Kurzportrait RSI LA 2 - italian.

Winner and PB! See TV-report on SRF 'Sport Aktuell' (German). See also Schweizer Web-TV (German).

I'm happy, that the committee of Swiss Athletics selected me for the marathon of European Championship 2014 in Zürich.  

Zurich Marathon - DNF! Tadesse felt well first. He got muscular problems at km 15 after he wanted to speed up the pace. He then got a cramp in his thigh which hardened noticeable. He had to stop the race at km 32.

On Sunday, April, 6, Tadesse (31, LC Uster) will attempt to defend his title at the 12th Zurich Marathon. He already won the marathon 2009 and 2013. - Pressemitteilung (PDF)

After a successful training in Aethiopia, I look forward to the Halfmarathon in Lissabon of coming Sunday.

At invitation of the organizer of Meia Maratona de Lisboa I will have my first competition this year on Sunday, March, 16 - as preparation for the Zürich Marathon.

I am happy to start at the Zurich Marathon on April, 6th. - Press Release (PDF, German)

Schweizer Marathonhoffnung. Der weite Weg Abrahams. 
Article Andreas Schmid, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, January, 23, 2014  (German)

I am happy to have a new support through my new main sponsor Ochsner Sport and in the area beverage and food through Sponser. Their confidence strenghten my motivation. I am happy about these new cooperations and also about the renewal of the partnership with Adidas. Thank you!

IAAF - rank 44

Warm temperature und high humidity - satisfied with the result.

The third time in a row Tadesse wins the Basler Stadtlauf this saturday; like nobody the last 20 years!

Frankfurt Marathon of October, 27, 2013. Although very stormy weather Tadesse started well with the leading group. Unfortunately Tadesse had to give up at KM 30 because of muscle problems.

Press Release, Tadesse at Frankfurt Marathon, PDF (german)
Weeks of training in aethiopia as preparation for the Frankfurt Marathon of October, 27, 2013!
Anniversary Company Krebs, Pfäffikon - 125 years. 
Running arount the Lake of Päffikon with interested people and friends with following signing.
New Logo for Tadesse, created by Art Director Denis Schwarz.