Tel Aviv Gillette Marathon by Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality is a dazzling success
25,000 runners partook in the Tel Aviv Gillette Marathon, record number of participates – the largest race ever to take place in Israel
Marathon Winner: Sammy Too From Kenya, in a time of 02:15:15
2012 Tel Aviv Gillette Marathon took place this morning with a record number of participants.
Some 25,000 runners of all ages and from all across Israel partook in the largest professional race ever and enjoyed a particularly good weather. Over 100,000 people came to watch, cheer and enjoy performances and events of the Marathon Holiday throughout the city.
At 06:30 am Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality, Ron Huldai, kicked off the full marathon race:
“Good morning Tel Aviv! This morning the largest race ever to take place in Israel kicks off…
2,000 runners in the full marathon race and 25,000 runners in all 7 races.
I am delighted to host participants from some 43 countries around the world.
We have wonderful weather for you and now all left is to kick off the race!”
This year, runners were offered a unique urban route, passing through all of the city’s main streets to provide the tens of thousands of runners and supporters a unique running experience including the city’s most attractive sites and streets, such as Dizengoff street, Rothschild Boulevard, Azrieli Towers, Sarona complex, Ramat Hahayal, Rabin Square and more.
The city of Tel Aviv was all holiday for the marathon, offering events and festivity throughout the city.
A unique cheering kit was distributed to some 250,000 households in Tel Aviv, inviting to partake in the various marathon events.
The many participants enjoyed music stages along the courses, benefits and pampering at coffee houses and restaurants along the running courses, a family picnic area and activities for the entire family at Rabin Square.
This year there were 7 running courses at varying degrees of difficulty, including a special 420 meter long children race and non-competitive 4.2 kilometer “Running is all in” course allowing thousands of runners of all ages and levels participate in the various races.
Report by Kapaim
List of winners:
Full marathon –
1. Sammy Too – 02:15:15 – Kenya
2. Chumba Henry Kipkirui – 02:16:59 – Kenya
3. Dadi Feyera Gemeda – 02:17:26 – Ethiopia
1. Eda Abeba Tola – 02:38:27 – Ethiopia
2. Irena-or Konoblov – 03:14:34
3. Orna Blau – 03:21:59 – Israel
PhotoCredit: Ronen Topelberg.