Damascus Gate at Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Wikipedia
Defying calls for a boycott, about 20,000 runners took part in Jerusalem’s third annual marathon on Friday, with 1,000 police deployed to provide security along the route, police told the Agence France Presse.
Liberation Organization had called for a boycott of the marathon earlier in the week because part of the race cut through east Jerusalem.
Near the Old City’s Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem
a group of protesters tried to approach the course but were kept back by police and barricades, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld
“There was an attempt by about 50-60 demonstrators to try and make their way toward the running area,” he said. “(There were) no major incidents apart from that.”
The race had participants from 52 countries running in either the full 42-kilometre (26-mile) marathon, the half marathon or a 10-kilometre dash.
Abraham Kabeto Ketla of Ethiopia won the marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 29 seconds Friday, beating the record by three minutes.