Israeli Soldier Dies At Tel Aviv Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 15, 2013
  • Updated Mar. 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM UTC
Runners make their way along the 2012 Tel Aviv Marathon course. On Friday, an Israeli soldier died after completing the Tel Aviv Half Marathon. Photo:

Four other runners are in medically-induced comas due to excessive heat.

One runner died and dozens of others were treated because of heat-related issues at Friday’s Tel Aviv Half Marathon in Israel.

Michael Michalevitch, a sergeant in the Israeli army, collapsed after finishing the race. The 29-year-old was rushed to the hospital but emergency personnel were unable to resuscitate him.

Four other runners were taken to the hospital and are now in medically-induced comas and are on respirators. In total, more 50 runners were treated at the race.

Temperatures were in the 70s at the start but quickly reached the 90s, even though organizers moved up the start to 5:45 a.m. Earlier this week, race officials postponed the marathon to March 22 because of the forecast.

Yitzhak Aharonovich, Israel’s public security minister, told Israel Radio that the incident was “very serious,” and hinted at race organizers being held responsible for what happened.

For More: Associated Press


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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