1 Dead, 30 Hospitalized in Tel Aviv Half-Marathon

Heat stroke, dehydration to blame

Adam Roy

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One runner died and 30 were hospitalized at a half-marathon race in Tel Aviv after 90-degree temperatures caused widespread dehydration and heat stroke. Organizers decided last week to postpone the full Tel Aviv Gilette Marathon after forecasts predicted triple-digit temperatures. They allowed the half-marathon to continue, though they rescheduled the start to 30 minutes earlier.

Among the 30 injured, 12 were in critical condition, with four in medically-induced comas. NBC producer and runner Paul Goldman, who competed in the race, said that few Israeli runners would have had an opportunity to acclimate to the heat. “It was winter until literally a week ago,” he said to NBC. “Everyone that has trained for the marathon, we were all running in rain conditions and training in pretty cold weather.” Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai pledged that the city would investigate the incident.


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