Less than 24 hours after tackling a knife-wielding terrorist near the capital’s City Hall, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat switched gears Monday afternoon to announce that the fifth annual international Jerusalem Winner Marathon will take place next month.
Speaking on a podium with sweeping views of the capital outside of Saint Andrew’s Scottish Guesthouse, Barkat described the March 13 event – expected to attract 25,000 runners from Israel and 55 other countries – as a “dream come true.”
“The Jerusalem marathon is breathtaking, and in this case breathtaking has a dual meaning because it’s a fabulous, beautiful race, and also challenging physically,” he said.
“Therefore, I believe that it is well positioned today as one of the leading marathons in the world; a marathon that marathon runners put on their short list.”
Describing the event as equal parts physical and spiritual, Barkat said that over 6,000 of the 25,000 athletes will be running to support various social causes as they trek around some of the world’s most historic and holy sites.