Haile Gebrselassie will defend his Bupa Great Manchester Run title this year, race organisers have announced.
The Ethiopian, who turns 40 next month, has won the last five contests in the north-west and six in total, having secured his first success there in 2005.
Despite his age, the two-time Olympic 10,000 metres champion has no thoughts of retiring and said: "I love running, it is part of my life and part of my daily routine.
"As long as I enjoy it so much I will keep running and I don't know how and when this will finish. And how could I resist the opportunity to return to Manchester?"
The Great Manchester Run will take place on May 26, with Gebrselassie set to take part in the Vienna half marathon and Bern 10-miler before heading to England.
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