Tel Aviv Marathon: 40,000 Dash Across City, Ethiopian Runner Takes First Prize

Gezu Belete Mekonen wins Tel Aviv marathon with impressive time of 2:12:12; some 17 required medical attention during run.

Runners stretch after taking part in the annual marathon in Tel Aviv, Israel February 24, 2017.
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The Tel Aviv Marathon has come to an end Friday after 40,000 runners dashed across Israel's cultural capital, blocking traffic.

The race was won by Ethiopian runner Gezu Belete Mekonen with an impressive time of 2:12:12. Kenyan Argaret Njuguna was the best female runner, finishing with a time of 02:27:32 as part of the 45+ category.

While previous marathons were marred by heavy heat, causing some runners to suffer heat strokes, this year saw only 17 people require medical treatment, including a 45-year-old women who suffered a severe sun stroke.

Runners stretch after taking part in the annual marathon in Tel Aviv, Israel February 24, 2017.
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Runners stretch after taking part in the annual marathon in Tel Aviv, Israel February 24, 2017.
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Runners begin annual marathon in Tel Aviv, Israel February 24, 2017.
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