Runners Collapse Near Dead Sea as Temperatures Hit Seasonal Highs

Three runners, including one tourist, in annual 10 km Ein Gedi race hospitalized in serious condition.

Three runners were hospitalized Saturday in serious condition after collapsing during the annual Ein Gedi race near the Dead Sea. Seven more runners also collapsed during the race and were treated at the site.

One man, 40, was transferred to Soroka hospital in Be'er Sheva, and a second man, 30, was taken to Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem. Both men suffered from symptoms of heatstroke and exhaustion.

The third man, 30, a tourist also in serious condition, was transported to hospital by helicopter from the desert location.

A 70-years-old man was amongst those who collapsed with slight exhaustion and was treated at the site.

Ein Gedi race is half a marathon (10 kilometers long) and has been held for the past 27 years.

There has been a heat wave in Israel for over a week, with temperatures rising above 31 degrees Celsius.