Record Numbers Participate in Jerusalem Marathon

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 Times of Israel reports: More than 35,000 runners, including some 4,000 from 72 different countries, joined the Jerusalem Marathon on Friday morning, the largest-ever number to take part in the annual race.

The winner, it was announced shortly after 9:30 a.m., was Kipkogey Shadrack, 27, of Kenya. Shadrack, the reigning champion, finished the race in 2:21.26. The second and third slots also went to African runners: Wendwesen Tilahun Damte of Ethiopia and Ronald Kimeli Kurgat, a Kenyan.

Emily Chepkemoi Samoei took her second straight win among the women. Samoei led a sweep of the top three spots by Kenyan women with a time of 2:52:33, followed by Mercy Jelimo and Naomi Jepngetich.

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