We will start the run near the Israeli Parliament – the Knesset – and continue towards the Israel Museum, Israel’s largest and most significant museum and the tenth-largest museum in the world. From there the run continues towards the center of town via Bezalel and Ben Yehuda Street. Runners will during this stretch savor the aromas of the nearby Machane Yehuda marketplace. We continue past the exclusive shopping mall and luxury hotel at Mamilla, the neighborhood that links the Old City with Jerusalem’s new and modern neighborhoods. As you enter the Old City through Jaffa Gate, take in the historical architecture, narrow alleyways, and the sense of the ancient Jerusalem stone beneath your feet.
Behold the glorious Tower of David, part of the fortress built in the second century BC to protect the city. Run through the Armenian Quarter, the smallest of the four quarters of the Old City, and recall Jesus’ final journey down Via Dolorosa located just a few hundred meters to the left. The tour then continues alongside the Jewish Quarter for a glimpse of the Western Wall, the holiest site for the Jewish nation and remnant of the Second Temple.
Runners will pass Sultan’s Pool, built over 500 years ago. This former water reservoir now quenches Jerusalem’s thirst for culture with the many outdoor performances that it hosts. As we make our way towards the finish at Ben Zvi Blvd., send an authoritative wave towards the President of Israel as you pass his official home in Talbia.