In Bethlehem, the inaugural Palestine Marathon is off and running
For runners in the first international race, the significance of participating is about representing their homeland with honor. But the ability to participate is reserved for locals only.
BETHLEHEM -- A gloomy sky covers Bethlehem and chilly wind sweeps dust up the steep walkway to the Church of the Nativity. But despite the wintery weather, the town is celebrating. Merchants are hard at work, tourists flood the streets, and at every corner a policeman directs traffic with admirable patience.