SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Seven runners from the West Bank competed in the San Francisco Marathon Sunday.

Competing in the race took on a special meaning for the group, whose members say simply organizing a marathon in their home country can feel like moving mountains.

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“We cannot move freely from any point to any point in Palestine. We have Israeli checkpoints everywhere we want to go,” runner Diala Isid said.

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The group, named ‘Right to Movement’ has 300 members hoping to spread their message.

“We are here to show everyone that the right to movement and running is a human right,” member Luma Sakakini said.

Sponsored by a San Mateo nonprofit called Rebuilding Alliance, the group hoped to raise money to buy supplies for their war-torn region.

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