If you’ve been waiting for a way to combine your trip to the Dead Sea and the Western Wall with some serious (or not-so-serious) exercise, Tel Aviv has your answer.
On March 15, the city will host the largest marathon ever organized in Israel.
City officials anticipate 35,000 runners will participate in the fifth annual Gillette Marathon, touted by the Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai as an important event “not only for the city but also for Israel as a whole.”
According to the mayor, the marathon is a part of the city’s efforts to encourage residents to get involved in sports and outdoor activities. Tel Aviv also recently expanded bike lanes and citywide bike rental service.
Runners will have the option to do a full or half marathon, or a 10k run. More than 25,000 have already signed up, including more than 1,000 people from other countries.
Tel Aviv is branding the event as a non-stop party. So far, the city has invested about $3.2 million into the production.
The event is also part of an effort to promote the city’s status as a travel destination, said Alon Solar, the city councilman and head of the city sport council.