Tens of thousands run Tel Aviv marathon
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Tens of thousands run Tel Aviv marathon

Many of the city’s central streets closed off until the early afternoon as residents, visitors take part in annual event

Participants in the annual Tel Aviv marathon, February 26, 2016 (Itamar Sharon)
Participants in the annual Tel Aviv marathon, February 26, 2016 (Itamar Sharon)

Tel Aviv was largely shut down Friday morning for the annual city marathon, which launched at 6:50 a.m. and finished around 1 p.m.

Tens of thousands took part in the event, which saw streets closed off from Rokach Boulevard in the north to Jaffa’s Jerusalem Boulevard in the south.

Other than the main 42-kilometer (26-mile) run, the day’s events also included a half-marathon route, several shorter circuits, a handcycle race for the handicapped and a mini-marathon for kids of a single kilometer (0.6 miles).

Walla News reported that 1,500 foreign runners participated in the marathon.

“As with every year this is a great celebration for athletes, residents and visitors,” Mayor Ron Huldai said. “I wish every participant success and enjoyment, and most importantly for everyone to be responsible, keep themselves safe and achieve a personal victory.”

Dozens of paramedics were spread out along the route. At least 14 people were treated for heat stroke, exhaustion and various injuries.

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