Ultra-Orthodox mother of 5 from Israel wins Miami half-marathon race
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Ultra-Orthodox mother of 5 from Israel wins Miami half-marathon race

Beatie Deutsch takes first place at her first event in the US, completing the 13-mile course in 1:16:4

Beatie Deutsch during a training run. (Beatie Deutsch/Instagram)
Beatie Deutsch during a training run. (Beatie Deutsch/Instagram)

JTA — An ultra-Orthodox mother of five won the half-marathon at the 18th annual Life Time Miami Marathon and Half Marathon event.

American-Israeli Beatie Deutsch, 30, finished with a time of 1:16:4 to win in the women’s category on Sunday, the Miami Herald reported.

It was Deutsch’s first race in the United States. She is working to qualify to represent Israel in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. That race currently is scheduled for a Saturday, however, and the Sabbath-observing Deutsch would be unable to compete even if she can reach the Olympic qualifying time.

Deutsch, who moved to Israel from New Jersey in 2009, is known for running in a skirt, sleeves that fall below her elbows, and a headscarf.

In May, Deutsch was the top female finisher in a 13-mile half-marathon race in Riga, Latvia, reportedly becoming the first ultra-Orthodox woman to win an international athletic competition.

This year, for the first time, the Miami Marathon offered kosher-certified meals for athletes at the finish line, the Miami Herald reported.

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