Jerusalem Marathon 2012 is Coming

The Jerusalem Marathon is coming.

 Jerusalem marathon sign image

Signs announcing the March 16th event seem to be everywhere.

For months now, the grounds near Gan Sacher, Sacher Park ,

Jerusalem marathon route image

both along the marathon route around the park 

and in the park have been improved.

Roads leading into the park have new bollards installed.

While around the world “Occupy” tent cities have been emptied, 

often by police on horseback in riot gear,

Gan Sacher park image, Jerusalem marathon image

the tents near the main entrance of Gan Sacher

occupy tent image, Jerusalem tent city

 are still occupied.

occupy tent image.Jerusalem tent city image

In spite of a rainy and cold winter,

Gan Sacher tent city image

families live in the makeshift dwellings.

tent city school trip image, Gan Sacher tent image

These young people may be on the ultimate social justice field trip,

occupy tent image , Jerusalem tent city image

 wanting to interview people who have refused offers of temporary housing.

With thousands of people expected in Jerusalem for the marathon,

it is hard to imagine that this scene

occupy tent image , "Jerusalem tent city"

and these structures will still be here next month

when the Second Jerusalem Marathon is run.

If you missed the marathon last year, be sure and see:

The 2011 Jerusalem Marathon

7 thoughts on “Jerusalem Marathon 2012 is Coming

  • February 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Well maybe the tent people will greet the runners with needed water. Miracles can happen..

  • February 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for the info and the photographs. I truly enjoy your posts revealing the “life” that exists within Israel.
    Won’t be able to make the marathon this year, but I am going to start saving money for my first “dream wish” trip to Israel. My biggest desire is to make that first voyage to the Land of the Righteous Kings, the City of G_D!
    I appreciate all your work on this website, thank you! Shalom!

  • February 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Since your photos, there have been new developments in Gan Sacher. A whole swath of grass has been dug up and there are huge mounds of dirt- the area presumably where the finish line was last year. Are they planing to put down artificial turf, or to resod, hoping for full cover in 4 weeks- most unlikely?
    Let’s wait and see.
    The blog is great- keep up the good work!

    • February 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Last year the runners sank into the muddy finish line even with the fake grass carpet and the park was a mess for months after (not very pretty pictures).
      Will be interesting to see how they fix the problem, meanwhile it is getting flooded with today’s rain.

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