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Tel Aviv Planning Largest Marathon In Its History

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 13, 2013
  • Updated Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:04 AM UTC
This year's Tel Aviv Marathon is expected to set new capacity records. Photo: Jerusalem Post

The Israeli city is seeking to transform itself into a running friendly locale.

On March 15, 35,000 runners are expected to jam the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel in order to take part in that city’s annual marathon.

The race has been held for the past five years and it is expected to set capacity records for an Israeli running event.

The city’s mayor, Mayor Ron Huldai, is proud of the race, saying that it is an event of great importance “not only for the city but also for Israel as a whole.”

The 35,000 runners will be racing along seven different routes. Approximately 2,500 will do the full, while the rest will tackle distances from the half down to the 10K.

Overall, the Tel Aviv municipality is seeking to transform the city into an exercise-friendly locale.

To support the race, over 1,000 police officers will be on duty. Additionally, 2,000 volunteers will be on the course that includes 4,800 traffic barriers.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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