Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah has been announced as the honorary starter of the Bupa Great North 5k.
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Great North Run founder Brendan Foster says this year's event - which will see Mo Farah, and Ethiopians Haile Gabrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele competing against each other - may be the greatest head-to-head in half marathon history.
Watch his full interview below.
Mo Farah says he is delighted to be making his debut in this year's Great North Run in September.
"I competed in the mile and two mile events on Great North Run weekend in past years and I am delighted to finally make my debut in the main event," he said. "I have experience on the roads but this will be only my third half marathon race."
Olympic champion Mo Farah faces his biggest racing challenge when he goes up against Ethiopian superstars Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in this year's Great North Run.
Gebreselassie missed last year's race though injury and it's a first for Bekele at this distance.
– Brendan Foster, Great North Run founder
No one could ask for a better dream team to participate in the event and we are delighted they will feature in what has the makings of the greatest head to head in half marathon history.
Farah was the double Olympic gold medalist at 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Bekele managed the same double at the Beijing Olympics four years earlier.
– Haile Gebreselassie
This is going to be a tough contest for all of us which I'm sure will result in an exciting race.
Mo Farah will run at the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead in June.
The event on June 22 and 23 is part of the UK's Gold Event Series.
Head coach Peter Eriksson said he was "delighted" the double Olympic-gold medallist had confirmed he will compete.
He said: "I am delighted that Mo Farah has made himself available for the European Athletics Team Championships in Gateshead.
"To be able to field your strongest team is what any head coach would want in order to continue building on our GB team successes."
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will run at this summer's European Athletics Team Championships at Gateshead International Stadium in June.
– British Athletics Olympic Head Coach, Peter Eriksson
To have a double Olympic champion lining up will be great for the team and the home crowd, and I expect Great Britain to be in the mix for the title across a weekend of great athletics action.