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March 18, 2016 11:47 am

Kenyan Runner Wins 6th Jerusalem Marathon

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The 2012 Jerusalem Marathon. A Kenyan runner won the sixth annual marathon on Friday. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The 2012 Jerusalem Marathon. A Kenyan runner won the sixth annual marathon on Friday. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Kenyan runner Kipkosgei Shadrack, 25, won the sixth annual Jerusalem Marathon on Friday with a time of 2:16:33.

The marathon, which attracted 25,000 Israeli and international participants, took place along the city’s many political and historical sites such as the Knesset, the Old City, Mount Zion, the German Colony, the Mount of Olives, and more.

In addition to the full 42-kilometer (26-mile) full marathon, there was a 21-kilometer (13 miles) half-marathon, as well as races of 10 and 5 kilometers (6 and 3 miles), a “families’ race” of 1.7 kilometers (about a mile), and a special-needs race of 800 meters (half a mile).

The event was secured by more than 1,000 police officers in light of the ongoing wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and elsewhere. International participants included runners from Uzbekistan, Argentina, Hong Kong, Austria, Singapore, Turkey, the United States, Switzerland, and China.

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