The First Jerusalem Marathon was held on Friday 25th March. Despite torrential rainfall in the few days leading up to the marathon the rain held off, it was very chilly, but proved to be an ideal day for running. Many thousands took part in running the full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 4.2K charity fun run. Many many more took advantage of the traffic free roads to line the route and cheer enthusiastically. It is appreciated by all the runners.
There was a tremendous atmosphere helped by the crowds but also by the runners – it must be the only race in the world where the runners join in with Shabbat Songs, Chasidic Classics and of course Jerusalem of Gold as they entered the Old City.
There are many hills in Jerusalem and it seemed like they were all included in the race route!
The organization was amazing – the route included the best of Jerusalem’s sites starting between the Knesset and Israel Museum, making its way uphill into downtown. We had the privilege of running along the Jerusalem Light Railway tracks on Jaffa Road, into the Old City at Jaffa Gate, out from Zion Gate with the view over the valley, into the Gei Ben Hinom Valley (Sultan’s Pool), Old Train Station, President’s Residence, Emek Refaim along the Tayelet (stunning views), Hebron Road and then towards the Palmach area – the half marathon finished by Gan Sacher, whilst the full marathon set out for another loop that included the climb to Mount Scopus and back. There was a small hiccup when the marathon winners took a wrong turning a few hundred meters from the finish, but after consultation they were awarded their prizes.
Looking forward to next year – meanwhile good luck to all those running the Tel Aviv Marathon in 2 weeks time!
Next Year in Jerusalem!!
Many more images in our Jerusalem Marathon Photo Gallery