Tel Aviv Municipality Cancels Full Marathon Due to Forecasted Hot Weather

Cancelation follows one runner's death and dozens suffering heat stroke at half-marathon; Health Ministry warns weather forecast for this Friday makes running marathon a health risk.

The Tel Aviv municipality canceled the full marathon race scheduled for Friday at Hayarkon Park, after one runner died and dozens needed medical treatment for heat stroke and dehydration during last week's half-marathon.

The Health Ministry has warned that the weather forecast for Friday makes running the race a health risk. Organizers said that registered runners would have their registration fees returned.

The full 42-kilometer race had been postponed last Friday for a week due to the hot weather. But the other races scheduled for last week, including the half-marathon, took place, although starting times were moved up to earlier in the morning.

Michael Michaelovich, 29, died running the half-marathon, and some 80 people were hospitalized with heat stroke, 12 of whom were seriously injured. Five were still in hospital on Monday.

A Health Ministry committee has been established to set rules for the holding of popular sporting events that will take weather conditions into account. The panel is headed by Prof. Danny Moran, chairman of the ministry's program to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. The panel was told to submit recommendations within 90 days.
 

Daniel Bar-On