Jerusalem Marathon 2014

The sun was shining for the 4th International Jerusalem Marathon,

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as 26,000 runners raced through the Jerusalem, Israel streets,

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and the winner came in with a record-breaking time.

Streets were closed,

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so everyone had to walk to get to check in and the starting line.

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Once a year the graffiti is white-washed away and

a new banner is hung near the full marathon finish line.

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Besides the full and half marathons there are other popular races.

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Thousands lined up at the starting line for the 10 kilometer run.

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The young and not so young, most dressed in colorful shirts,

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and their enthusiasm off the start was contagious.

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Entertainers on stilts were dressed in flag-colored costumes,

near a special course for shorter races for the young and disabled.

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Supporters lined the streets watching and waiting.

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Along the routes were

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  water stations.

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It was hard to get through the crowd in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park

at the start of the 10 K race.

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With so many events running at once, it was hard to find family members,

but we did see the winner of the women’s full marathon.

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Over 50 countries were represented, and many religions,

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but we only saw one runner from Brazil kiss the finish line.

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Separate awards for Israeli winners were presented for best times.

Loud music pumped through the park, which could be heard kilometers away.

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The runners at the end of their races and arriving for medals,

were separated by fences from the crowds of spectators.

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But some proud grandmothers knew how to get around barriers for a special hug.

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And then there was the walk home.

The sun was hot.

Some runners were still approaching the finish line,

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even as the streets were opened to traffic at one o’clock.

Thousands of shekels were raised for charity.

Everyone who participated was a winner.

Many have been inspired to try next year,

to enter or to train for a longer race.

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 The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook

 Jerusalem Marathon album has many more photos HERE.

I wonder how many faces you will recognize?

Remember last year?  If not see:

Jerusalem Marathon 2013

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