A cross-country marathon in the Golan Heights area, to be held on Friday, is being labelled by the Israeli marathon runners association as the "volcano" race, since the track traverses areas covered by ancient volcanic rock.
This will be the fifth year of the marathon, which was halted last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event offers a 32 kilometer track, a 3.5 kilometer track for children and families, along with a 14 km walking track.
The course is covered by layers of basalt due to volcanoes that that were active 100,000 years ago.
"We went through a very difficult time following the coronavirus, especially for everyone who works in the events industry and the sports events industry in particular. We are more optimistic than ever and have taken care to keep in touch with Israel's runners," said Ofer Padan, CEO of the Israeli Marathon Association.
"In the race, we sought to combine nature, tourism and a unique running experience, and we offer space to both the community and families looking for a different sporting experience," he added.
Haim Rokach, head of the Golan Regional Council, praised the return of the race, saying "We are happy to return to life in the Golan! We are happy and welcome the arrival of hundreds of runners from all over the country, to the traditional volcano race. For extreme sports. We invite you to participate in the race, walk in the Golan and enjoy this magical season. It's time to visit the Golan!"