The Tel Aviv Marathon is due to begin earlier than planned, at 5.45 a.m. on Friday, after forecasters predicted the weather will be unseasonably hotter than usual. The organizers want to avoid the tragedy two years ago in which a young man died of heat prostration after participating in the run.
After the tragedy, the Health Ministry set up a committee headed by sports medicine expert Prof. Na’ama Constantini that set down rules and procedures for avoiding another such case.
Magen David Adom said that that as tens of thousands of runners are due to set off from Sderot Rokah for the marathon, it has boosted its first-aid network to deal with anyone who is ill. In the last marathon, MDA paramedics and medics had to treat about 85 runners who felt unwell and collapsed, but no fatalities occurred.