Over 35,000 runners raced in Jerusalem on Friday morning as part of this year’s Jerusalem Marathon, which offers participants six different courses including a full marathon (42.2 kilometers/26.2 miles), a half-marathon (21.1 kilometers/13.1 miles) and a 10-kilometer run.







Runners in Jerusalem, today

Runners in Jerusalem, today Photo Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90

Tens of thousands of runners participated in the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon, which kicked off on Friday morning. With more than 35,000 participants, this year’s race saw the largest turnout for the annual event.  

The event offers participants six different courses including a full marathon (42.2 kilometers/26.2 miles), a half-marathon (21.1 kilometers/13.1 miles) and a 10-kilometer run. About 4,000 international runners from over 70 countries, including China, Lithuania, Germany and Australia, raced in Jerusalem this year.

Kenya’s Kipkogey Shadrack, 27, was announced as the marathon winner, finishing the race in 2:21.26. Just a few seconds later, Wendwesen Tilahun Damte of Ethiopia crossed the finish line. In the women’s category, Kenya’s Emily Chepkemoi Samoei placed first.

While no unexpected incidents were reported during the race, one runner decided to surprise his girlfriend after the 14-kilometer marker of the half-marathon by proposing to her. Motti Biton got down on one knee at the Armon HaNatziv boardwalk. His girlfriend, Daniel Mor, accepted the proposal.