Best of Jerusalem Marathon 2016

The sixth International Jerusalem Marathon was run on Friday morning.

The loudspeakers from the starting line near the Knesset

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made for an early morning wake-up in Jerusalem, Israel.

As the 2600 full marathon runners raced by,

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one man waved,

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some were already feeling the inclines,

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and others not yet.

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International and varied participants ran

superman and batman running in Jerusalem Marathon

along with Batman and Superman.

entertainers at marathon

As every year, entertainers were at the starting line

wearing the colors of the runners’ countries and cheering.

Again the finish line for the full marathon was in

Jerusalem marathon finish line in Gan SAcher

 Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, with hundreds lined up to watch.

But there were other races, a half marathon, 10k and more.

crowd in park for Jerusalem marathon

30,000 people were entered in the races

crowd in Sacher Park for marathon

and many more times that number supported the runners.

In the park loud music blasted,

Sacher Park

racers drummed,

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or just fooled around.

The day started out cool and cloudy,

but the sun came out and the weather warmed up.

The marathon is so much more pleasant without rain.

mud in park

 The mud holes were appreciated by at least one young man,

but they were nothing compared to the first marathon.

The three winners of the men’s full marathon came from Kenya

winner Jerusalem marathon

and as usual were interviewed by press.

Their times were amazing when you consider the Jerusalem terrain

with its physically challenging hills.

However,

the participants of the shorter races were also impressive,

Helping disabled from wheelchair in marathon

as for some this event is a chance to get up and out,

Aleh at Jerusalem marathon

and show their abilities, not their disabilities.

Large sums were raised for dozens of good causes,

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by organizations and supporters of all ages,

international visitors.

and the international goodwill – priceless.

water station at marathon

Coming into the park after their shorter races were 27,000 runners.

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Congratulations

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and smiles,

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runners in larger groups,

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or smaller ones,

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or going to the finish line alone,

filled the Jerusalem streets.

As I was finally heading home,

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the 10k walkers were nearing the finish line,

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very proud of their accomplishment.

But, my favorite from this marathon,

with 30,000 runners from all over the world,

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was Bruno, from Brazil, the Tourist of the Week.

Jerusalem marathon runner from Brazil

Bruno not only smiled and slowed to wave during the race,

but later shared that he and Adriana got engaged

at the Kotel, the Western Wall, before Shabbat.

Mazel tov to Adriana and Bruno,

and to all those who made this year’s event special,

bigger and better, even if it is exhausting.

For all those upset with street closings who stayed home,

 sorry.

Here are links to more photos,

see what you missed:

Facebook photos Marathon 2016 

Finish line 2016

In the Park 

Finally, take the time to compare:

Last year

Jerusalem Marathon 2014

Jerusalem Marathon 2013

I have seen them all and the half marathon before.

I think it is great so many of thousands also now appreciate,

 the real Jerusalem streets.

Did you Hear about Jerusalem Marathon 2013?

Streets were shut.

Traffic was blocked.

Public transportation came to a stop.

Schools had to close.

Jerusalem streets were deserted.

Was it a bomb scare, a terror attack, an alien invasion,

or hmm, an US Presidential visit?  Not yet.

No, the 3rd International Jerusalem Marathon was set to begin. 

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To get around the city center on Friday morning

walking and biking were the only options.

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 Last year rain and hail fell as the runners came near the Old City walls

marathon runners photo, Jerusalem

This year the weather was much better for the marathon runners as

 they ran the 42 kilometer route through the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

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The cool temperatures did not make everyone happy

and the grey skies and no sunshine were not great for photos.

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However, these actors walking on stilts draped in the flags

representing the 50 countries of the runners entered in the race,

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and other characters, provided plenty of color as the runners took off.

The marathon winner from Ethiopia ran in a record time,

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as Abraham Kabeto approached the finish line

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he was well ahead of the Kenyan runner who came in second place.

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       Here are the top three women runners smiling on the winners’ stand.

However, at this event

there were many more winners than these elite athletes. 

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Over twenty thousand people ran in the various races,

supported and cheered on by a crowd of a half a million people.

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Thousands ran the half marathon, a 21.1 -kilometer course, 

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through the streets

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and up the Jerusalem hills.

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The winners of the 10 kilometer race were led by a motorcycle escort,

and thousands of runners followed after them.

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Zahal, the Israel Defense Force, had a separate start time for their race.

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As these marathon runners approached the special finish line,

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the 5th Place winner was already smiling and posing for photos,

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in Gan Sacher, Sacher Park, which was filled with people.

end of race

This girl was so happy after finishing the 10 K race.

What a shame that UNWRA has cancelled the Gaza marathon.

Some people tried to protest or disrupt these Jerusalem races,

but it seems once again that no matter how many people are 

on the Jerusalem streets, if no violence is involved,

it is not a news worthy event.

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Some full marathon runners were still seen on the streets

hours after the official winners crossed the finish line.

wheel chair in race

 Everyone who participated deserved and received a medal.

Many runners ran in support of a dozens of good causes.

Everyone was a winner on Friday, March 1.

nir barkat photo, Jerusalem marathon

 Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (center) had reason to smile.

The International Jerusalem Marathon has grown bigger

and better every year.

Many more people are already talking about

and planning to run in next year’s Jerusalem Marathon 2014.

Hope to see you next year in Jerusalem!

More photos HERE and HERE 

Jerusalem Marathon 2013

How it has grown!

The Jerusalem Marathon 2013 is a major sporting event with

20,000 runners, who come from 50 countries all around the world.

In 2010, there were 3,500 runners in the Jerusalem Half Marathon.

Gan SAcher, Jerusalem marathon photo

The work involved in transforming Gan Sacher, Sacher Park,

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into the gathering point,

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 the starting line,

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and the special finish line for the full marathon has been a major project.

 Jerusalem Marathon 2011 ended in a muddy mess that took months to repair.

With this new platform in place there should be no such problems.

For Jerusalem Marathon 2012 there was rain and hail,

but this year better weather is predicted.

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Flags have been hung 

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lining the streets

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along the route.

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Direction signs around Jerusalem are hard to miss this year.

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For weeks, runners have been training on the streets, but

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first they have to check in at the International Convention Center

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and pick up their number and official shirt.

Jerusalem marathon shirt

These are the shirts that will fill the streets this year.

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There are also several shorter races running with different start times.

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Many worthy organizations are entered in these races to

raise money and awareness for their causes,  OneFamily and ALEH

 are just two that had special registration booths this week.

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Some people will complain. 

 Traffic will stop as the runners take to the streets.

Jerusalem marathon sign

But everyone has to agree that Jerusalem Marathon has certainly grown.