Tel Aviv Marathon, Yarkon Park 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Tens of thousands of runners will set out early Friday morning for the city’s
highly-promoted 2012 Gillette Tel Aviv Marathon.
By mid-week city workers
began dispersing barriers around the city which will be used to block off dozens
of streets, causing what is expected to be heavy Friday morning gridlock between
the hours of 5 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The runners will have to contend with
daylight savings time, which comes in the night before and is set to wreak havoc
on the marathon times of runners who did not get the memo to set their watches
an hour forward the night before.
The first place runner in the marathon
will take home a price of NIS 15,000, followed by NIS 10,000 for second place
and NIS 5,000 for third.
The day’s events will also include a half
marathon, a 10km. urban run, an inline skating marathon and a 30km. hand cycle
race for people with special needs.
The runners will start on Kaufmann
Street in south Tel Aviv and will make their way up Hayarkon Street to Allenby
Street where they will take a right towards Rothschild Boulevard.
left on Rothschild they will then circle the Habimah Theater, pass the Defense
Department headquarters, Azrieli Mall and the Ayalon freeway, before heading
back down Rothschild and Allenby and then back up Hayarkon all the way to Nordau
Boulevard. There they will take a right and head down Dizengoff Street to
Frishman Street and then left around Rabin Square and north on Ibn Gvirol before
skirting along the Hayarkon river heading east through park Hayarkon to the
eastern reaches of the city.
Then they will backtrack west along Rokach
Boulevard and then north through Ramat Aviv towards Tel Baruch and around Sde
Dov Airport before heading back south through the port to Hayarkon and, finally,
the finish line next to the Charles Clore Garden.
The marathon runners
will be cursed profusely by drivers who find the following streets blocked:
Sheetrit Street, Rokach Boulevard, Ibn Gvirol Street (from Namir Road to Shai
Agnon Street), Shai Agnon Street, Hata’arucha Street, the Tel Aviv Port, Levi
Eshkol Boulevard, Raoul Wallenberg Street, Habarzel Street, Hayarkon Street,
Yordei Hasira Street, Herbert Samuel Promenade, Kaufmann Street, Goldman
Boulevard to Jaffa Clock Square, Ha’aliya Hashnia dock, Yehuda Margoza Street to
Jaffa Port, Allenby Street (from Hayarkon Street to Rothschild Boulevard),
Rothschild Boulevard, Tarsat Boulevard, Ben-Zion Boulevard, Dizengoff Street,
(from Tarsat Boulevard to Ibn Gvirol Street and from Frishman Street to Nordau
Boulevard), Marmorek Street, Hashmonaim Street, Begin Road and Kaplan Street.