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Bethlehem to host first-ever marathon in April

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The not-so-little town of Bethlehem is to host the West Bank's first-ever marathon next month in a race starting at the Nativity Church and taking in several refugee camps, organisers said Wednesday. 

Competitors and church representatives take part in a marathon from Bethlehem to Jerusalem's Old City as an Israeli soldier stands guard on the outskirts of Jerusalem on April 14, 2005. The not-so-little town of Bethlehem is to host the West Bank's first-ever marathon next month in a race starting at the Nativity Church and taking in several refugee camps.

The brainchild of two Danish women runners, the Palestine Marathon will take place on April 21 and offer runners the choice of three distances: a full 42-kilometre (26-mile) marathon, a half marathon or a 10-kilometre (six-mile) race.

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