Reporter's Notebook: More than just a race

Jerusalem’s second annual marathon again raises runners’ morale in the shadow of terror.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
March 18, 2012 00:57
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j'lem marathon, at jaffa gate

j'lem marathon, at jaffa gate_370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

 
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Gene Kelly’s “Singing in the Rain” came on in my running mix in one of the brief moments of sunshine during Friday’s second annual Jerusalem Marathon.

Fifteen thousand runners, including 1,500 runners from abroad, braved the rain, wind and Jerusalem’s infamous hills during the marathon, half-marathon, 10k and 4.2k races. The races went on as scheduled despite stormy weather and a terrorist attack on the light rail a day earlier, when a Palestinian teenager stabbed a soldier in uniform, wounding her seriously. (The suspect was apprehended at the Kalandiya checkpoint, and the soldier is in stable but serious condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center.)

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