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In photos: Runners brave rain at Bethlehem marathon

April 21, 2013 5:22 P.M. (Updated: April 22, 2013 6:34 P.M.)
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(MaanImages/Haitham Othman and Ahmad Mizhir)

Competitors run the first-ever marathon in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on April 21, 2013. Some 500 runners, half Palestinians and half foreigners, took part in the different legs of the race, organizers said, which started at the Nativity Church and ran through refugee camps.

The winner was Abdel Nasser Awajneh from Jericho who came in first with a time of 3 hours, 9 minutes, 47 seconds. In second place was Bethlehem resident Motaz Masalmeh in 3:23:21 followed by Yahya al-Jamal in 3:26:00.

"It was a success. I'm really happy," said Laerke Hein, one of the Danish organizers, saying it had taken 18 months to arrange.

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