Spike in Foreigners Joining Jerusalem Marathon Following Trump Decision on Israeli Capital

Runners pass the Tower of David as they participate in the annual marathon in Jerusalem, Friday, March 18, 2016. The Jerusalem municipality says a Kenyan runner, 25-year-old Kipkogey Shadrack, won this year's marathon in the holy city with a time of 2:16:33. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
AP/Dan Balilty

The Algemeiner reports: President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital may have led to a rise in foreign registration for the Jerusalem Marathon, officials said.

Some 100 non-Israeli runners have signed up since Trump’s Dec. 6 declaration, representing some 12 percent of the overall registration from abroad. Moreover, according to Jerusalem Municipality officials, registration from outside Israel is 30 percent higher than in the equivalent period last year.

The marathon will take place on March 9, 2018. Some 900 runners from 47 countries have registered for the marathon so far, and officials expect the final number of competitors to reach 3,500. Officials said the number of African participants has increased by about 50 percent compared to the same period in 2017. The US has led the pack so far, with 123 registered participants, followed by Germany, Poland and China.

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