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Running Where Jesus Walked: the Jerusalem Marathon
12-26-10 02:23

Athletic tourists might like to run where Jesus walked on the ancient - and modern - streets of Israel's capital city, which is hosting its first ever full marathon this spring.

Though Jerusalem has held an annual half marathon for 18 years, this will be its first full 26-mile (42-km.) race.


Jerusalem will be joining cities such as London, New York, Chicago and Israel's own Tiberias in holding the race. For tourists, it is an excellent way to gain perspective on the hilly city with its winding roads and treasures tucked in its neighborhoods. Mayor Nir Barkat, who has five marathons under his belt already, is hoping to lure a new segment of tourists to the Holy City, but the unforgiving course will be a test for even the most competent of runners.


Some 20,000 runners are expected to rise to the challenge on March 25. The race will begin at the Israel Museum, and pass some interesting landmarks which include the Mount of Olives, Mount Scopus, Sultan's Pool, Zion and Jaffa Gates, the Supreme Court, the Knesset, the German Colony until it ends at Sacher Park.


"Participants will experience Jerusalem and the Old City in the most magnificent way. I invite people of all faiths to come and run with me," Barkat told Travelujah, the only Christian social network focused on travel to the Holy Land.


Jerusalem joins the ranks of Israel's marathons in Tiberias in January and Tel Aviv in April.


"The Jerusalem International Marathon in March 2011 will be a spectacular event for the entire family," the mayor said. Runners interested in a Jerusalem Marathon Tour can book through Travelujah.


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