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Riga, Latvia - Israeli Charedi Woman Takes First Place At Latvia Marathon

Published on: May 19, 2019 08:30 PM
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Riga, Latvia - A haredi Orthodox mother of five from Jerusalem won a half-marathon race in Latvia.

Beatie Deutsch, 29, was the top woman finisher in Sunday’s 13-mile race in Riga in a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 34 seconds, reportedly becoming the first haredi woman to win an international athletics competition.

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She has a coach and is receiving partial funding by the state to train for the 2020 Olympics.

“So many of you shared stories of your families that had perished in Riga and it felt truly incredible to be running through the streets as a proud Jewish woman,” Deutsch, who uses the moniker “Marathon Mother,” wrote in a post on Facebook after the race.

Deutsch won the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon and the Tiberias Marathon in January. She ran the Tel Aviv Marathon in 2017 while seven months pregnant.

Deutsch, who made aliyah from New Jersey in 2009, is known for running in modest clothing including a skirt, shirt sleeves below her elbow and headscarf.



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 May 19, 2019 at 10:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Yeah!

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 May 19, 2019 at 11:48 PM lazy-boy Says:

nice that she won......

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 May 20, 2019 at 08:00 AM Normandavid1 Says:

She belongs in the kitchen.

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 May 20, 2019 at 11:16 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

1:17:34? That is a typo.

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 May 20, 2019 at 11:42 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #3  
Normandavid1 Says:

She belongs in the kitchen.

Why so her husband can be as fat as you?

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 May 20, 2019 at 02:17 PM runner Says:

Reply to #4  
PaulinSaudi Says:

1:17:34? That is a typo.

She won the half

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 May 20, 2019 at 03:44 PM Normandavid1 Says:

Reply to #5  
clear-thinker Says:

Why so her husband can be as fat as you?

Her husband is fat?

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 May 20, 2019 at 06:29 PM Anonymous Says:

There are just some reactionaries on this site, who can't stand to see a frum woman, participating in secular activities, even though she is modestly dressed. They have the same attitude as the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the religious police in Saudi Arabia.

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 May 21, 2019 at 01:21 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

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runner Says:

She won the half

Thank you.

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 May 26, 2019 at 08:51 AM Katanti Says:

Mamash, a Kiddush HaShem!

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