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Thousands of runners showed up in stride for Friday's ninth annual Jerusalem Marathon, launched by the efforts of Mayor Moshe Lion.
Axar.az reports citing The Jerusalem Post.
In a record showing over 40,000 runners participated in today's events, with some 6,500 runners hailing from over 80 different countries, on tracks spanning over six locations spread throughout the Jerusalem area. Some of the tracks main focus' are to raise awareness on a myriad of social issues, including children with disabilities, in the hopes of bringing light to new ways of combating these issues on the home-front.
The six tracks included a full marathon race (42.195 km), a marathon race (21.1 km), a 10 km race, a 5 km race, a family race of 1.7 km and an 800-meter race being dedicated to social issues.
Hotels in the city were full to the limit, bringing it a revenue of around NIS 20 million.
Mayor Moshe Lion hosted a special 800-meter social race in which 6,000 runners will participate in raising awareness of social issues, starting at 8:30 this morning.
The podium this year was dominated by Kenyan runners.
The winner of the full marathon was Kenyan runner Ronald Kimeli Kurgat, posting a time of two hours, eighteen minutes and forty seven seconds (2:18:47). Just two minutes behind the 2014 record Kurgat set as the winner of the Jerusalem Marathon four years ago.
Second place went to Kenya's Shadrack Kipkogey, followed in third by Jonathan Kipchirchir Chesoo.
2019.03.15 / 18:37