Seventeen thousand runners will descend on Jerusalem in three weeks for the third annual Jerusalem Marathon, an event that is expected to pump NIS 10 million into the local economy.
Mayor Nir Barkat kicked off the countdown to the marathon on Monday by stressing the race’s impact in bringing worldwide recognition in the sports world to the capital.
“The marathon has breathtaking views, clear air, a challenging route, and last year we even had some hail on the way,” said Barkat, noting the race was ranked by the British Women’s Running Magazine as one of the top ten spring races around the world.
Barkat placed the emphasis on the draw for international runners. There are 1,600 runners coming from 52 countries around the world, including Brazil, Croatia, Argentina, and even Turkey and Jordan.