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"Speedy Beatie"


Orthodox Jewish Mother of 5 wins Miami Marathon!


American-Israeli Bracha "Beatie" Deutsch, 30, an Orthodox Jewish mother of five young children, finished with a time of 1:16:4 to win in the women's category in the half marathon at the 18th annual Life Time Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon event on Sunday, February 9, [Erev Tu b'Shvat].

The Miami Herald also reported that this year, for the first time, the Miami Marathon offered kosher-certified meals for athletes at the finish line.

Deutsch later wrote on Facebook, "Thank you Hashem for giving me the opportunity to stand on the podium today at the Miami Marathon and proudly represent Israel and the Jewish people."

It was Deutsch's first race in the United States. She is working to qualify to represent Israel in the marathon at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. That race currently is scheduled for a Saturday, however, and the Sabbath-observing Deutsch would be unable to compete even if she can reach the Olympic qualifying time.


The 30-year-old native of Passaic-New Jersey made aliyah in 2009, making her home in the ultra-Orthodox Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

"Speedy Beatie" only began running in 2015 as a desperate move to get back into shape after having four children in six years. In the spirit of modesty, she always wears a head covering, skirt and long-sleeve shirt when she runs.

The 1.5 m. (4'11") Deutsch ran her first marathon in 2015, the full 42.195 km. in Tel Aviv, and finished a surprising sixth place with a time of 3:27:26. A year later, she ran the Tel Aviv Marathon again, but this time she was seven months pregnant. If the running world hadn't noticed Deutsch after 2016, they definitely did following her second full marathon, when she finished in 4:08.16 - seven weeks before giving birth.

The first-placed Israeli woman at the 2018 Jerusalem Marathon (in 3:09:50, setting a course record for Israeli female runners), Deutsch followed with more golds that year in Beit She'an (half-marathon in 1:19:53), Tiberias (full marathon in 2:42.18, the fifth best result of all time for female Israeli runners) and the January 2019 half-marathon in Tel Aviv, where she was feted as a national hero and treated as a true blue-and-white celebrity. In her first international test, Deutsch took first place with a 1:17.34 time in the May 2019 half-marathon in Riga, Latvia, reportedly becoming the first ultra-Orthodox woman to win an international athletic competition.

Not only has Deutsch opened the eyes of the Israeli public with her running, but she is a role model for many observant women from around the world. Deutsch - who through her running raises awareness for Beit Daniella, a rehabilitation facility for adolescents with psychiatric disorders - still hopes to represent Israel at next summer's Olympics, and has broken down many barriers as she continues to inspire women and men to go for the gold in every facet of life.



Source: Compiled by Yerachmiel Tilles primarily from an article by Joshua Halickman, posted on // on 9/28/19; with inserted updates about the Miami event this week (2/9/20) from // and from Mrs. Deutsch's Facebook, which is also the source of her victory photo (from an earlier event).

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