Jerusalem hosts first marathon, days after bombing

AP News
Posted: Mar 25, 2011 9:21 AM
Jerusalem hosts first marathon, days after bombing

More than 10,000 runners dashed alongside ancient sites Friday in the Jerusalem's first marathon, just two days after a bombing in the city killed a British woman and wounded dozens of others.

Police deployed helicopters, observation units and special patrols to protect the runners, who took a route through the walled Old City, alongside the President's Residence and up Mount Scopus to circle the campus of Hebrew University.

Mayor Nir Barkat announced within hours of Wednesday's bombing that the marathon would proceed as planned. Friday he said it's important to show terrorists that "we're not going to be scared."

About 1,100 people ran the 26.2-mile race with Raymond Kipkoech of Kenya winning in 2:26:44. More than 9,000 others took part in the half-marathon and other events.