Early morning rain cleaned the air and cool temperatures were perfect for
the 18th Jerusalem International Half Marathon
and 10-Kilometer Run on March 18, 2010.
The beautiful weather and street closings provided 3,500 runners,
including Nir Barkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, ideal conditions for the run.
Not everyone was aware of the race, though;
drivers got out of their cars to discuss the situation,
some people left taxis to walk to their destinations.
At 10:00 am the lead car started the 10k race from Givat Ram.
The first runners came down Burla Street and turned to the park.
It was a colorful day, as runners wore
lots of blue shirts,
some yellow shirts,
and green shirts.
Whether going it alone..
or running in the pack, everyone turned out to run for
personal satisfaction and sport,
and for Shalva, the Association for the Mentally and Physically
Challenged Children in Israel,
which also had a special 400-meter race for 150 special needs children.
So much positive energy in Jerusalem.
In 2011 the first Jerusalem full marathon began,
so this race also became the last half marathon race day.