In the spirit of resilience and unity that marks Israeli society at this time, and in the shadow of the ongoing war, the 13th annual International Jerusalem Winner Marathon will go ahead as planned, on 8 March 2024. This year, the marathon will salute the members of the IDF and security forces, the reservists, and the rescue and emergency organizations who are working day and night on the battle ground and the home front. The Municipality of Jerusalem is offering free admission for reservists who were called up on October 7, and half price registration for their partners and children. 

In previous years, tens of thousands from Israel and many countries around the world participate in the Jerusalem Marathon, Israel’s largest social sport event with many participants raising money for charity. The event will include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km, 5km, family race and a communities fun run. The marathon began in 2011 with just 10,000 participants.

The Jerusalem Winner Marathon course not only allows runners to take in the (literally) breathtaking sights of the modern and old neighborhoods of the city, but tests their stamina with its steep inclines and hills.

The start line is situated by Israel's parliament, the Knesset, and runners in the Full Marathon will then loop around the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University, pass alongside the Valley of the Cross, and through various neighborhoods on their way up to Hebrew University Mount Scopus campus. The route then descends to the historic Old City, taking runners through Jaffa Gate and the Armenian Quarter and out Zion Gate, on their way to the Jerusalem Forest. The race finishes in Sacher Park.


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