Tel Aviv held its annual "Night Run" on Tuesday night, in an event in which 20,000 runners participated.
No less than five people were hospitalized in the roughly three-hour run that started at 8 p.m., and one 35-year-old runner was hospitalized in moderate to serious condition at Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital after suffering heat stroke.
Thirty participants required medical treatment, beside the five who were evacuated by Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulances to the hospital.
Among the wounded was a 50-year-old man suffering from heat and fatigue; his condition was defined as moderate. Three others were in light condition from fatigue and wounds.
Taking part in the night run was US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who ran 10 kilometers (just over six miles).
"Thank you to the hundreds of police officers who secured all the runners and the residents of the city," wrote Shapiro on his Facebook page.
Numerous roads were closed in the bustling coastal metropolis during the race, leading irate business owners to complain, particularly since a bike ride was held just two weeks ago, in which roads were likewise shut down.
Given the recent spate of Arab terror attacks which have struck Tel Aviv as well, the option of cancelling the run was considered, but in the end, the organizers decided to go ahead as planned, and not give in to terror.