Oppressive heat postpones Tel Aviv Marathon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Tel Aviv Marathon was postponed for one week because of expected oppressive heat in Israel.

The Tel Aviv municipality announced Tuesday that the full 26-mile marathon scheduled for Friday would be postponed because of the expected extreme high heat and in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health.

Other races, including a half-marathon and a fun run, as well as marathon festivities, will go on as scheduled. The half-marathon start time was moved up to 5:45 a.m. to avoid the heat of the day.

The postponed race will be held at sprawling Yarkon Park instead of throughout the streets of Tel Aviv, as originally planned.

Temperatures in Tel Aviv on Friday are expected to hit 90 degrees. Some 35,000 runners from around the world were expected to participate in marathon activities.

Last year, a 42-year-old marathon runner died after experiencing heat stroke during the run.

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