Thousands set off for the second Jerusalem marathon (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Nir Hasson 03/16/12)
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Some 15,000 runners, including about 1,500 from abroad, set off for
the second Jerusalem marathon on Friday morning.
Runners are taking part in various races, including a full marathon,
a half marathon, a 10-kilometer race and a shorter fun run. The
starting line for the marathon was next to the Knesset.
Proceeds for the fun run, a 4.2 kilometer route that is 10 percent of
the length of the full 42-kilometer marathon, will go to the Israel
City officials have expressed satisfaction at the size of the
international contingent and the increase in the number of hotel
reservations in the city surrounding the event. Jerusalemites,
however, will also have to contend with closed streets and traffic
jams this morning. Some schools in the center of the city will not be
A run through history
The marathon route includes a stretch along the walls of the Old
City, Sultan´s Pool, Mishkenot Sha´ananim, Mount Zion, the German
Colony, the Haas Promenade, Ammunition Hill and Mount Scopus.
The finish line is at Sacher Park, where a large facility has been
built for the runners. The marathon website describes the event as a
run through history.
Streets along the race route will be closed to vehicular traffic,
particularly in the center of the city. Public transportation will be
halted in part of the capital, and the light rail route will be split
in two. The city´s thoroughfares are expected to return to normal in
the afternoon. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 03/16/12)
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