Ethiopian citizen wins Jerusalem marathon

Cnaan Liphshiz

(JTA) — Tadesse Dabi Yae, 26, won the fifth annual Jerusalem marathon, which the Ethiopian citizen concluded in two hours, 18 minutes and 20 seconds.

Dabi competed on Friday against approximately 25,000 runners from 60 countries, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Last year’s race was won by Kenya’s Ronald Kimeli Kurgat, 28. His record of 2:16:09 remains unbroken.

Some of the runners participating in the race Friday, which began shortly after 6 a.m. in order to prevent heat exhaustion, ran in groups, including groups organized by Jewish organizations.

Dror, a Beit Shemesh-based organization helping young girls achieve their potential through education and sports, sent a team of 126 runners.

The Koby Mandell Foundation, which helps families that lost loved ones to terrorist attacks, had 60 runners.