More than 37,000 people take to the streets of Addis Ababa in one of the most colourful of the world's running events.
Streets normally crammed with cars are not allowed, and the entire city is taken over by boisterous, good-spirited runners in one of the world's most running-crazy nations.
Registration for the 2014 Great Ethiopian Run, to be held on November 23, is now open for international runners. For more event information, see greatrun.org/Ethiopia
You can travel to the race with Ethiopian Airlines (0800 635 0644; ethiopianairlines.com), which will have daily flights from Heathrow to Addis Ababa from July 8, when a new Tuesday evening service is added.
Return fares in March from £490, including taxes. Visitors to Ethiopia need a visa; for details see ethioembassy.org.uk. For the latest advice on health precautions, see the National Travel Health Network and Centre website: nathnac.org. Guidebook choice: Ethiopia by Philip Briggs (Bradt).
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