A very enjoyable race (about: 2001)|
A Runner from Tacoma, Washington (9/4/01)
This is a good opportunity to mix 'business with pleasure,' or so to speak. That is to say, most people come to Israel to see the holy sites. If you run this marathon you are basically following the foot-steps of Jesus around the historical sea of Galilee. On the course you can see the infamous Golan Heights. You will also see banana trees, and other species of fruit life reminding you that you are in the promised land.
It is the lowest marathon in the world averaging several hundred feet below sea level. It's an out and back course starting and finishing in the small city of Tiberias, with a small loop in the city of Tiberias at the end, just enough to get a few spectators involved.
There (was) an excellent pre-race dinner in 2001, the local school band entertaining with brass insturments and the race director and organizers gave speeches about the idea of the marathon promoting world peace. Plenty of pasta, bread, salad, etc.
The Marathon's start location is central to the 'Church of the Multiplication of the loaves and fishes,' and, according to biblical tradition, the hill where Jesus preached the sermon on the mount.