With temperatures forecast for the mid-30s Centigrade (high-90s Fahrenheit), and the traditional Tel Aviv humidity – guaranteeing a temperature-humidity index reading of well over 100 Fahrenheit – the main event of the Tel Aviv Marathon, scheduled for Friday, will be postponed for at least a week. The Health Ministry did not issue a permit for the Tel Aviv Municipality to hold the event, although the Ministry later did give permission for some of the shorter race events to be held.
The shorter events that will take place include a 5K and 10K race. These will be held early in the morning, to avoid requiring runners to race in the heat of the day. The main event, a 42.2 kilometer race, will be postponed to the following Friday, weather permitting.
Those who will be racing Friday, even in the shorter events held early in the morning, will need to drink extra water and pay more attention to their energy levels, the Health Ministry said. “Pay attention to your body,” said a Ministry official. “Don't try to be brave. The main cause of health problems in situations like this is that runners failed to pay attention to their bodies and overextended themselves.”
The event draws runners from all over the world, with over 25,000 runners participating in eight different races. The winner of the main 42.2 kilometer race in 2012 was Sammy Tu of Kenya, who set a new record with his 2:15:14 finish.