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Second Jerusalem Marathon Approaches

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 7, 2012
  • Updated Mar. 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM UTC
Twelve-thousand runners will take to the streets of Jerusalem next Friday. Photo: Marathon Tours.co.nz

Twelve-thousand runners will take part.

Next Friday, one of the oldest and holiest cities in the world will be hosting one of the world’s youngest marathons. Twelve thousand runners will be lining up for the second annual Jerusalem International Marathon.

The race is a vital part of mayor Nir Barkat’s goal for the city, which is to bring cultural events to it and elevate it on the international stage.

“This marathon flows through the beautiful sites in the city. It is a breathtaking and challenging marathon compared to other, flat marathons,” the mayor said, hinting at the Tel Aviv Marathon. “We’re making Jerusalem more exciting, open and inviting for the 3.5 billion religious people around the world who are eager to see Jerusalem..”

The race is gaining in popularity with 50 percent more runners from abroad participating this year compared to last year.

Along with the marathon, the races include the half marathon, 10K, and 4.2K fun run.

Organizers have changed up the marathon’s route with the climb up Mount Scopus taking part in the beginning of the race as opposed to the end.

For More: The Jerusalem Post

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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