Runners from across the globe have already registered for the second annual Jerusalem Marathon, taking place on March 16, 2012. To date, entrants from as far as Indonesia, Trinidad & Tobago, Singapore, China, North and South America, Europe, and of course from around Israel, have registered for the Marathon. In addition, several leading charities are set to benefit as runners seek sponsorship and donations for their participation.
The 2012 Jerusalem Marathon includes a full marathon route, a half marathon and a 10km run. Early registration for the event remains open until January 15th, with more than 500 runners from more than 40 different countries who have taken advantage of the reduced registration fee. Most coming from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, but with entrants from locations including Indonesia, Trinidad and Tobago, Singapore, China, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.
Marathon organizers expect to have over 1,000 participants arriving from abroad, with an estimated 600 taking part in the full, 42 km track.
The Jerusalem Marathon takes runners on a route that tests not only the most experienced of runners, but also on a unique path through history; through the city so holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims around the globe. Participants will run on the cobblestones of the holy and ancient city, through the beautiful neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and through the modern city center of Israel's capital. The views alone are enough to take one's breath away.
The Jerusalem Development Authority
(JDA), together with the Tourism Ministry
and El Al, has created a detailed tourist package
for both domestic and foreign participants and their families. The package includes discounts and promotions for city hotels, restaurants, museums and attractions. Of note is the first Jerusalem Ice Festival
, with its ice sculptures of key Jerusalem sites, an ice skating rink and more, will be taking place during the marathon weekend at the old train station.
Last year Jerusalem welcomed over 1000 runners
from 40 different countries and is are looking forward to once again showcasing Jerusalem as not only a place for pilgrimage, but as a tourism destination overflowing with sporting, cultural, family and nightlife attractions.