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Jerusalem Marathon kicks off with 40,000 runners from 80 countries
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Mar 15, 2019 3:23 AM 1+ week ago

More than 40,000 runners, including some 4,600 athletes from 80 different countries, joined the ninth annual Jerusalem Marathon on Friday morning, the largest-ever number of participants to take part in the race.

"This is an amazing event, and anyone who has not experienced it cannot understand the emotions. I intend to run next year," newly elected Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion told the crowds at the event.

Hundreds of police, Border Police and security officers were deployed to Jerusalem's streets, to keep the public safe and to direct traffic during and after the marathon.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion at the ninth annual marathon in the city, March 15, 2019. (Dor Schwartz)

Many Jerusalem streets were closed from 5:30 a.m. and scheduled to reopen at 2:30 p.m., with runners set to participate in six courses -- the full marathon (42.2 km), half-marathon (21.1 km), 10 km, 5 km, family race (1.7 km), and community race (800 meters) for people with special needs.

Jerusalem hoisted a Syrian flag near the Knesset on the route ...

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