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20120316 Second International Jerusalem Marathon in Cold and Rain
In the 42Km full marathon David Cherono Toniok, of Kenya, finished first with a time of 02:19:52. In second place Gudeta Gemechu Biratu, of Ethiopia, with a time of 02:22:42 and John Kipkorir Mutai, of Kenya finished third with a time of 02:23:31.
In the 21Km half marathon Onesmus Serem finished first in 01:05:55, Feyisa Lema finished second in 01:06:03 and in third place Alex Chepwik Saekwo with a time of 01:06:41.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, initiator of the International Marathon tradition in Jerusalem last year, ran the 21Km half marathon finishing with a time of 02:07:43.
Excerpt from GPO press release, 3-Jan-2012:
“Runners from across the globe have already registered for the second annual Jerusalem Marathon, taking place on the 16th March, 2012. To date, entrants from as far as Indonesia, Trinidad & Tobago, Singapore, China, North and South America, Europe, and of course from around Israel, have registered for the Marathon. In addition, several leading charities are set to benefit as runners seek sponsorship and donations for their participation.
The 2012 Jerusalem Marathon includes a full marathon route, a half marathon and a 10km run. Early registration for the event remains open until January 15th, with more than 500 runners from more than 40 different countries who have taken advantage of the reduced registration fee. Most coming from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, but with entrants from locations including Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, China, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.
Marathon organizers expect to have over 1,000 participants arriving from abroad, with an estimated 600 taking part in the full, 42 km track.
The Jerusalem Marathon takes runners on a route that tests not only the most experienced of runners, but also on a unique path through history; through the city so holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims around the globe. Participants will run on the cobblestones of the holy and ancient city, through the beautiful neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and through the modern city center of Israel's capital. The views alone are enough to take one’s breath away.”
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