Two participants in the 3rd annual Jerusalem Marathon from abroad may have used the race to defect their home countries and remain in Israel. Police state that two runners from Ethiopia did not return to their group. Out of the about 20,000 participants, over 1,000 traveled from overseas to join in the race. Police think the two female runners in their mid 20s may have decided to remain in Israel to live as opposed to returning home. An investigation is will continue.