Jerusalem: Walk, Run, Ride, Skate and Eat

Jerusalem: Walk, Run, Ride, Skate and Eat

After the winter rains, when the skies clear over Jerusalem, Israel,

Valley of Cross after winter rain in Jerusalem

open spaces like this one under the Israel Museum turn green.

Kalonit blooming in Valley of Cross in Jerusalem Israel

Instead of driving south to see the kalaniot, the red poppies, popping up,

Kalonit blooming in Jerusalem park

I love to walk through the paths in the Valley of the Cross,

Jerusalem Valley of Cross kalionit blooming

to see the wonders of nature right here in Jerusalem,

Wild flowers in Jerusalem Israel Valley of Cross

and see those red flowers that open up in the sunshine.

Valley of Cross wild flowers Jerusalem

As the wild flowers peek through the rocks and weeds, often I am alone walking up the hill towards the Israel Museum and the Knesset.

Nursery Shabat party in Jerusalem Park

However, last Friday morning, nursery children were having a pre-Shabbat party with their parents.

Children running in Jerusalem park

School children were also appreciating the wonders of spring.

Man running on path in Jerusalem Valley of Cross

Not all were walking, this man was running down the path that leads to

New bike and walking trail in Jerusalem Valley of Cross

this new walking and cycling path that will lead to the  Jerusalem Marathon finish line.

View of Old City Jaffa Gate with banner for Jerusalem Winner Marathon 2019 Israel sport

The Jerusalem Winner Marathon to be held on March 15, 2019 was launched last night by new Mayor Moshe Lion.

Jerusalem Israel walking and bike path

The full marathon runners, with the Knesset in the not so far distance, at this point will be near the finish line.

Jerusalem Israel new bike path ready for Jerusalem marathon finish

The new path is ready for the full Jerusalem Marathon runners before they enter the Gan Sacher, Sacher Park.

Jerusalem Israel new park development bike path to Gan Sacher

There will be many more vantage points this year, as old and burnt areas have been cleared.

Sacher Park new benches and path

New benches have been placed along the cycling, walking and running path for spectators.

Sacher Park new paths for walking, biking and running.

After months of work, Gan Sacher looks like it will be ready before the start countdown.

Ice eat sign, ice skating and food at Mitchell Park Jerusalem Israel

Posted across from Gan Sacher, is this large ad for the ice skating rink and food in Mitchell Park.

Jerusalem 2019 ice skating rink in park near Artist Colony

The Jerusalem Marathon is in its ninth year,  but there is a new location for the ice skating rink.

There have been previous ice skating rinks in Jerusalem, but this one seems to be the largest, with a new concept of ice and eat in Mitchell Park, which is near the Artists’ Colony.

Ice skating and food in Jerusalem Israel Mitchell Park

Not many people were eating or skating last night.

Ice skating in Mitchell Park Jerusalem Israel smoking section

No one was smoking last night when we went to check it out.

GFNY bikers in Jerusalem Israel practice ride before May 3 race

And finally cycling. GFNY is set for May 3, 2019, and the registration sale ends at the end of February, but these cyclists were out training already. Another chance for amateur cyclists to ride with the pros.

Jerusalem is not usually associated with sports, but walk, run, ride, or skate, or sit and eat.

Always something new happening on these Jerusalem streets.

More photos of marathon launch HERE

Giro d’Italia 2018 from Jerusalem to Eliat

Giro d’Italia 2018 from Jerusalem to Eliat

Big. Really big.

As predicted, the Giro d’Italia took over the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Grio d'Italia book and press tag for Jerusalem start

The information book was big and heavy. The press passes required ID photos.

Near finish line of Jerusalem Giro d'Italia huge I love Jerusalem sign

The ‘I love Jerusalem’ sign near the finish line was big, the biggest I have seen.

Jerusalem street closed to build finish line for Giro d'Italia start

Streets were closed on Thursday to construct the start and finish lines, and the spectator boxes near Mamilla Mall and the Old City.

Scene near Old City Jerusalem Giro d'Italia

Thousands of people came to support and report on the 176 riders of 22 participating international teams. Italian- speaking tour guides were in demand, but English was also the main language.

Bahrain in Jerusalem for Giro d'Italia

I met two riders from the Bahrain team who were window shopping in Mamilla Mall.

Jerusalem Israel Giro d'Italia stage in Municipal Square for opening ceremony

Bahrain was one of two Arab countries which sponsored cycling teams.

Jerusalem Giro d'Italia cyclists from UAE

UAE, United Arab Emirates, also had a team of riders in Israel.

Two cyclists from in Jerusalem Israel for Giro d'Italia

Warm-up runs through the Jerusalem, Israel streets, were easier to photograph,

Giro d'Italia rider in Jerusalem Israel

as riders were not flying by as quickly as they were for individual time trials held all afternoon.

Jerusalem Giro d'Italia

Teams could be seen pacing their turns together.

Jerusalem Giro d'Italia finish line

At the finish line, crowds came early to get a good spot.

Finish line Jerusalem Giro d'Italia

These big stands at the finish line hosted the VIP spectators on Friday.

Giro d'Italia preparations in Jerusalem Israel

On Thursday, there were piles of building materials.

In honor of Gino Bartali an honor ride before Giro d'Italia

Before the official time trials began, the media gathered for a special ride in memory of Italian cyclist hero Gino Bartali. If you do not know his story, look HERE how he saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

Jerusalem Cycling Academy set to ride Giro d'Italia in Jerusalem Israel

Oops, anyone can have a false start.

At a press conference before the Giro d’Italia began, cycling promoter Sylvan Adams told of his vision for Israel and Giro d’Italia.  Israel Cycling Academy General Manager Ran Margaliot added his thanks to Adams for initiating and funding this first Giro d’Italia outside of Europe, while Guy Niv, one of the two Israeli cyclists, sat and listened closely.

Helicopters flew over the riders with cameras to broadcast the race around the world. After Jerusalem, the Giro d’Italia went north for Stage 2, and then south from Beer Sheva to Eilat for Stage 3,  Along the way Bedouin came out from their tents to watch. After the 229 kilometer ride through the desert Elia Viviani won the Stage 3, as well as the Stage 2 from Haifa-Tel Aviv.

Jerusalem Giro d'Italia

The big, pink Giro d’Italia took over the Jerusalem streets. The cyclist from Bahrain explained the color to me. The Italian sports paper from over 100 years ago when the Giro d’Italia began, was printed on pink paper.

It was almost possible to overlook Lag B’Omer this year. In some neighborhoods the bonfires were fewer and smaller.

Chabad Lag B'Omer parade in Jerusalem at Mamilla Mall

However, these boys leading a Lag B’Omer children’s parade from Mamilla Mall drummed loud enough to remind everyone.

After an overnight stay in Eilat the Giro d’Italia has a three hour flight to Catania, for a rest and the next stage.

The race ends in Rome on May 27, 2018.

With the Giro d’Italia completed in Israel, streets in Jerusalem will go back to blue and white.

Preparations for Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, are especially significant this year with announcement of US Embassy moving, and other embassies returning to Jerusalem.

However, for more Jerusalem Giro d’Italia photos please look HERE 

Shabbat Shalom

Giro d’Italia has taken over the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Thousands have come to Jerusalem, Israel, for the professional cycling event.

A billion are to watch on live televised showing of the race.

This ‘I love Jerusalem’ sign will show as cyclists reach the finish line.

Zahal Square with I love Jerusalem sign for Giro d'Italia

שבת שלום

Shabbat shalom