Jerusalem marathon: Thousands take to the streets of Old City

Published 1426 GMT (2226 HKT) March 20, 2017
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The seventh staging of the Jerusalem marathon took place on March 17. THOMAS COEX/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Jerusalem's mayor Nir Barkat said the race "celebrated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of our city." THOMAS COEX/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
In the shadow of the city's most historic sites -- including the Old City (pictured), the Israeli Knesset, and the Machane Yehuda Marketplace -- people of different beliefs and cultures were brought together. An estimated 62 nationalities were represented.
Kenya's Shadrack Kipkosgei (right) won the marathon for the second year in a row, in a time of 2:17:36, picking up the $3,750 prize. Ethiopia's Wendwesen Tilahun Damte (left) was second and Kenya's Matthew Kibiwott Sang (center) was third. THOMAS COEX/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Runners participated in a variety of competitive and non-competitive races ranging from 800 meters to a marathon (42.2 km) in distance. THOMAS COEX/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
A competitor dressed as Superman runs along the Old City ramparts. THOMAS COEX/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Police were on standby to contain protesters around the course. Some (pictured) were claiming part of the marathon was staged on occupied land, while there was also disruption from members of the Jewish Haredi community, who were thought to be protesting against an increase in military service. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
This competitor carried a flag with the message, "God is love." AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Six months after the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, Israel Haas (pictured) launched Runners Without Borders -- a group dedicated to improving the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel Haas/Runners Without Borders
"We don't run for politics but for humanity," Haas, who competed in the 10 km race, told CNN. "There is no difference between a Jew and an Arab." Israel Haas/Runners Without Borders