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March 18, 2012March 18, 2012  0 comments  Events

More than 15,000 runners, many coming from over 40 countries around the world, braved adverse weather conditions to compete in the second annual Jerusalem Marathon last Friday.

 

At the first Jerusalem Marathon in 2011, Mayor Nir Barkat declared that a new tradition was being established that would see thousands flock to the holy city every year for something other than religion or conflict resolution. It seemed that nature was doing its best to bring that new tradition to a screeching halt at the 2012 event.

 

As the competitors gathered at Saker Park in central Jerusalem, temperatures were unseasonably cold and a harsh winter wind blasted the city. It even began to hail about midway through the race.

 

But no one was deterred. The turnout was 50 percent larger than in 2011, and the winner of the men's race, 27-year-old Kenyan David Toniok, beat the 2011 winning time by a full seven minutes.

 

Another notable participating runner was 77-year-old Hanoch Shahar, a survivor of the Nazi Holocaust. By far the oldest competitor, Shahar managed to finished the 26-mile half-marathon. Shahar had run a full marathon two months earlier, and said one was all his body could handle per year at his age.

 

"Running gives me a sense of freedom," said Shahar, who in decades past had been a champion Israeli runner.

 

The Jerusalem Marathon has become a defining part of Mayor Nir Barkat's efforts to bring Jerusalem forward and make it more than just a place associated with religious conflict. Barkat has put a lot of effort into making the marathon a world-class event, and it shows. Plus, where else in the world can runners both compete in a marathon and at the same time visit some of the world's most important religious shrines?

 

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Ryan Jones writes regularly for Travelujah-Holy Land Tours, the leading Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land. People can learn, plan and share their Holy Land tour and travel experiences on Travelujah.

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February 28, 2013February 28, 2013  0 comments  Events

Approximately 20,000 people are expected to run where Jesus walked on the ancient - and modern - streets of Jerusalem, Israel's capital city, which is hosting its third annual marathon tomorrow, March 1, 2013. The hilly 42-km course that runs through some of the cities most important sites including the Israel Museum, Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, the Supreme Court, the Knesset, and other important sites. In addition to the full marathon course, there is a half marathon option as well as a 10 km course.

 

 


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