By Christine Darg,
Jerusalem is gearing up for its 2017 Winner Marathon starting tomorrow March 17!
Every year it’s invigorating to see the thousands of runners, young and old, who come from all over Israel and around the world to participate in the Jerusalem Winner Marathon.
Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat wears the official marathon T-shirt and will be at the starting line.
Participants run through the ancient streets where kings and prophets walked, against the backdrop of Jerusalem’s cultural and historical landscapes.
“It’s a unique and breathtaking experience,” says Barkat.
He noted that in just a few years, enrollment has increased from 10,000 to 30,000 runners, with 3,000 international participants from 62 countries.
The Mayor believes the Jerusalem Winner Marathon is the most socially engaged marathon in Israel, with over 6,000 runners participating to promote social causes.
Jerusalem, says the major, is “the capital of sport in the State of Israel,” and the city has much to celebrate this year.
Fans are looking forward to hosting the 20th Maccabiah Games and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of the capital.
“I would like to thank all those involved in making the marathon a tremendous success and a wonderful experience – the organizers, our partners, visitors and residents, and of course you – the runners and Jerusalem Marathon participants,” said Barkat as he wished all participants a successful and enjoyable marathon.
Well, perhaps not everybody can run the Jerusalem Winner Marathon. Perhaps you will never have the privilege to walk (or run) where Jesus and the prophets walked. But we can all heed the exhortation of Hebrews 12: 1,
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. . . .”