So many amazing people and accomplishments come from the Holy Land, and this week's Israeli you should know is no different. ISRAEL21c's Abigail Klein Leichman introduces us to Beatie Deutsch, an Orthodox mother of five who ran last year's Tel Aviv Marathon while seven month's pregnant and just won the recent Jerusalem Marathon:
“Jerusalem of Gold you are mine!” posted Beatie Deutsch on Instagram after crossing the finish line of the 2018 Jerusalem Winner Marathon in three hours and nine minutes, putting her in first place among Israeli female participants.
Running in a below-the-knee sport skirt with her hair gathered in a scarf, the Orthodox 28-year-old mother of five finished fifth among all female marathoners and 25th overall in the March 9 race through Israel’s notoriously hilly capital.
“We know Jerusalem is the holiest city on earth, and I truly felt God’s loving hand guiding me along the course. My goal for this course was 3:16 and I would have been happy with anything under 3:20… but I surpassed my expectations and crossed the finish line 7 minutes earlier,” she wrote.
Deutsch ran her first marathon in February 2016 (finishing in 3:27) and joked to friends that her next two goals were to run a marathon pregnant and to win the Jerusalem Marathon.
“I guess I wasn’t really joking… because in the past two years I have been able to realize those two dreams,” related Deutsch, who finished the 2017 Tel Aviv Marathon in her seventh month of her fifth pregnancy, clocking in at 4:08...