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The Town that Breeds World Champion Runners

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The Town that Breeds World Champion Runners

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Bekoji, a small town in the Ethiopian highlands, has produced five world champions in the past ten years. For the hundreds of children sent there to train, the unlikely chance of victory is their only way out of poverty.

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