FASTEST WOMAN IN ISRAEL IS RELIGIOUS U.S.-BORN MOTHER OF FIVE

Beatie Deutsch finishes 2018 Jerusalem Marathon in an impressive 3:09 – and in a skirt

BY AMY SPIRO
 MARCH 11, 2018 18:04

 

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Jerusalem Marathon, March 2018

Jerusalem Marathon, March 2018. (photo credit: YITZHAK KELMAN/ TPS)

The fastest Israeli woman to run the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon did so wearing a skirt and a head covering and with her family cheering from the sidelines.

Beatie Deutsch, a religious immigrant from the United States who lives in Jerusalem, clocked a time of 3:09:50 on Friday – making her the fastest Israeli woman, the fifth-fastest woman and the 25th quickest runner overall to finish the race.

Deutsch, 28, couldn’t be reached for comment on Sunday, but she wrote an emotional Facebook post after completing the marathon.

“There are no words to describe my experience today running the Jerusalem Marathon for the first time,” she wrote on Friday, adding that her finishing time was one she “never thought possible.”

“The atmosphere in Yerushalayim [Jerusalem] is incredible, so many Jews all coming together to raise money for beautiful causes, the unity, the pride it is truly special,” Deutsch continued. “But what stands out most for me personally is the feeling I had of Hashem [God] accompanying me every step of the way.”