Months of planning and weeks of extensive preparations
went into the Second International Jerusalem Marathon,
but no one had control over the weather.
With heavy rains the night before and more rain in the forecast,
many spectators stayed away.
The runners of the full marathon raced through nearly deserted streets.
Security was out in large numbers,
but they often tried to find cover from the rain.
The marathon route went into the Old City through Jaffa Gate,
where loud music, entertainers and spectators cheered the runners on.
The rain stopped as the half-marathon leaders entered the Old City.
The sun was shining on the 10 kilometer race leaders,
but soon after hail started coming down.
Under grey skies, through wet streets,
15,000 runners, including 1500 from
50 countries from around the world,
came to run.
When the sun came out, so did a smile.
With streets closed to traffic, the only way to get around was to walk.
Some tourists seemed to enjoy walking instead of using their usual buses.
It would have been harder to run in really hot weather,
but in spite of the weather and Jerusalem’s uneven and hilly streets,
runners seemed happy to be in the race.
Running to raise money for good causes and charity or self-satisfaction
they came…neither rain, nor sleet nor hail,
nor threat of terror kept them away.
I took way too many photos and plan to put more on
The Real Jerusalem Streets Facebook page.
Meanwhile, to see more runners, check out this video:
13 thoughts on “Jerusalem Marathon 2012”
Nice photos and coverage of the marathon! Glad to see so many people there, to cheer on the runners,despite the weather.
The weather was unreal and in the US they are having early spring
nice pics, thanx.
thank you what a day!
Great coverage! I was outside until the hail started and then I gave up.
Great coverage!! You catch the happy faces even on the rain and cold!
Love it. Shifra
My niece is the one in a purple t-shirt and white skirt (black leggings) in the 3rd to last photo
I know I was waiting to hear from you!
Yerushalayim is like a living museum – so a race through the city is probably the most amazing marathon anyone can run. And, add the challenge of the hilly terrain and you have a great mix of enjoyment.
Thanks for sharing.
Pingback: Jerusalem Marathon 2013 | The Real Jerusalem Streets
Pingback: Did you Hear about Jerusalem Marathon 2013? | The Real Jerusalem Streets
Pingback: Best of Jerusalem Marathon 2016 | The Real Jerusalem Streets
Pingback: Das Beste vom Jerusalem-Marathon 2016 | abseits vom mainstream - heplev