Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

 Israelis were to change the time on their clocks last night

and we lost an hour of sleep springing forward.

I hate the week after any clock change,

but at least today did feel like spring,

even if I dragged around feeling tired most of the time.

Spring sign in Hebrew

“The spring has come” announces this nursery school display.

Children are learning Passover songs and dances,

preparations for the Holiday of Spring are underway.

On the way home we stopped for a second,

Jerusalem Israel spring flowers Shabat shalom

to snap one photo of some spring flowers.

שבת שלום

Shabbat shalom!

Favorites from Jerusalem Marathon

Favorites from Jerusalem Marathon

The International Jerusalem Winner Marathon 2017

was run on Friday morning, March 17.

The Jerusalem streets were closed and traffic was blocked

Jerusalem marathon runners

as 30,000 runners participated in the full marathon

and a number of other shorter races.

As the full marathon runners were going by

full marathon runners Jerusalem marathon

at least one man on the right wanted attention,

Jerusalem marathon full marathon runners

as did the two runners in tams and kilts.

Over 60 countries were represented,

Jerusalem marathon runners

but I only saw one French flag.

Jerusalem marathon runners 2017

Women were in the crowd running the full marathon.

Jerusalem marathon 2017

Tens of thousands ran through the streets,

as the route looped around and through the Old City.

Last year’s #1 was again #1 this year.

Jerusalem Marathon winner

After kissing the ground,

full marathon winner Shadrack Kipkogey was congratulated by

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who was dressed for a 10 K run.

I took 500 photos and it was hard to decide which ones to share.

Jerusalem marathon

But thousands of selfies were taken at the starting line

Jerusalem marathon 2017

and at the finish line.

One of my favorite photos and stories:

I posted a photo of a family from South Africa

dressed in red on Facebook at night after the race,

Jerusalem marathon runners from South Africa

and by morning all the names had been tagged.

Water stations were located along the route,

Bottles of water lined up for runners at Jerusalem marathon

plus this one where runners re-entered

Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, after their race.

Gan Sacher for Jerusalem marathon

Tens of thousands were in the park

musicians at Gan Sacher for Jerusalem marathon

enjoying music

Gan Sacher for Jerusalem marathon

and the activities provided.

Jerusalem marathon entertainment

There was new entertainment at the starting line,

Jerusalem Marathon shalva

but many participants were so excited they hardly noticed.

Jerusalem marathon

Just getting to the starting line took a long time,

because of security and  crowds

walking anywhere took longer than usual.

The 10 K race had 3 different starting times and groups

Jerusalem marathon start 10 K race

for the thousands who participated.

Jerusalem marathon 2017

Brightly colored shirts from dozens of charity organizations

were worn by thousands of runners,

Woman who walks for Shalva in Jerusalem Marathon

and this woman who walks for Shalva,

 was back again this  year.

Remembe I commented how I never saw the mayor running?

Jerusalem marathon Nir Barkat starting at 10 K

Well, this year I saw him at the start

Jerusalem Marathon Mayor Nir Barkat at 10 K finish

and again at the end of the race at the finish line.

Jerusalem marathon Moshe Lion

I even spotted the man who wants to be the next mayor

at both the starting and finish lines.

The numbers attending the Jerusalem Marathon

have grown so large it is hard to find family or friends.

One of the reasons the numbers have grown

Family run starting line in Jerusalem marathon

is the participation in a special Family Race.

 At 10:30 am, 6000 were waiting to start the last race of the day.

I did not stay for the starting gun,

as I was racing back to the 10 K finish line.

But the family members I was looking for?

I did not see any of them!

While walking home, I passed those taking

Three girls completing 10 K walk in Jerusalem marathon

  a slower pace nearing the finish line.

Some streets opened early to traffic this year.

Barefoot Rick running Jerusalem marathon without shoes

And there was Barefoot Rick,

still smiling as he finished up another marathon.

Not sure if this was 84 or 85, of the over 100 marathons

 he has run without shoes to raise money for charity.

Tens of thousands ran through the Jerusalem streets,

millions of dollars were raised for charity.

There are people who still hate it,

but look for an even bigger and better one next year.

 The date is set for the next Jerusalem Marathon:

March 9, 2018.

By then I had better get an app for my phone

so I can know how many kilometers I walked.

It could be way more than a full marathon.

To see more Jerusalem Marathon photos,

which were posted on Facebook,

please click HERE.

Jerusalem Marathon: Ready, Set, Go

Jerusalem Marathon: Ready, Set, Go

The Jerusalem Marathon for 2017 was on March 17th.

One finish line has been up for days,

Jerusalem Marathon 2017 finish line

but there are at least three of these massive arches,

two over the street and another one inside Gan Sacher, Sacher Park

for the full marathon runners.

confusing signs for Jerusalem Marathon

Signs and more signs are posted,

but it is not always entirely clear which way to go.

However,

one outside Beit Hanasi, the Israel President’s house

Hebrew sign for Marathon wishing runners well

wishing runners well is very clear.

International participants have arrived.

At a press conference the day before the race

Jerusalem marathon international runners

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was introduced to Milind Soman.

I do not follow Bollywood stars

Bollywood star in Jerusalem Israel

but now I am now a fan of Milind.

Soman spoke so emotionally about his first visit to Jerusalem.

Maybe we here take too much for granted,

and need a visitor to remind us how special these streets are.

Jerusalem marathon 2017 #irunjem

International marathon runners posed with the Mayor,

with the Old City and Tower of David in the background.

Some of them looked familiar from past marathons.

For seven years, I have tried to catch the Mayor running,

and on this warm up day I finally succeeded,

running before Jerusalem marathon

though the guy in red jacket got a much closer shot.

And while they were running,

Tower of David actors on wall

these fellows were standing on the walls at the Tower of David.

Never know who or what you will see in Jerusalem!

Jerusalem Marathon warm up

The Mayor led a group of international runners

through Mamilla Mall.

Using cell phone man does not look up

I wonder if this guy ever looked up and noticed.

The streets were filled with 30,000 runners,

and some streets were closed all Friday morning,

but you have to stop texting to see them as they whiz by.

Running in Jerusalem has come along way in seven years. 

The Jerusalem Winner Marathon 2017 was great,

best photos in next post.

 This time I got the Mayor at the starting line and finish!

If you missed being in Jerusalem, Israel,

put it on your calendar for next year,

it is truly a special experience.

March 9, 2018.

שבת שלום

 Shabbat shalom