(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Mention the Jerusalem Marathon to any resident of the capital, and you’re likely to hear some grumbling about streets closed and traffic snarling their Friday shopping plans. Maybe they’re frustrated that the municipality is investing so heavily in sporting events at the expense of education or other things.But when Mayor Nir Barkat launched his vision for the International Jerusalem Marathon four years ago, he knew that he wouldn’t please everyone. Now in its third year, the official certification has catapulted the race onto the international running scene, with a recent issue of the British magazine Women’s Running naming it one of the top 10 spring races around the world. The race has grown from 12,000 runners for all lengths of races in 2010 to 17,000 participants in 2013.