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Running in the streets of the capital, Kigali, is not for the faint hearted. Runners are taunted and laughed at by both adults and children and both will often run along side. Kigali is at an altitude of approximately 5,000 feet and is very hilly, which makes running and walking physically challenging. An early morning run (starting out not later than 6am) will be the most enjoyable. For those who can't face an early start or running in the streets there are two alternative venues. "The Premature" - a 1k round-a-bout in front of the Ministry of Defense in Kamiyhura, where many expatriates can be seen running and walking in the early evening and also a little later in the morning (7am-8am). The other alternative is to run around the Amohoro Stadium in Remera - frequented by many of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda staff after work in the evening. Both of these areas are also completely flat! On the whole running in Kigali is safe, but remember it is a city with several million poor people. It is not advisable to run with walkmans, flashy jewelry etc. Currently there are two annual running events - the "St. Patrick's Day run" held around March 17th, sponsored by the American Embassy and a 20k which usually takes place in July. On Saturday afternoons at 4.30pm the Hash House Harriers run - not for serious runners! This group of, on average 15 runners and walkers, meets at various locations around Kigali and runs/walks about 6k. This is a strictly social event and those 6 minute milers will only be welcome if they are willing to consume several beers after the run. Information on the Hash can be found at the American Club in Kiyovu.