Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat leads a press conference on the rooftop of Notre Dame Hotel regarding the upcoming second Jerusalem International Marathon explaining the routes, logistics, special benefits to runners and city residents.
Barkat explained there are 1,493 over-seas runners registered for the marathon, 5,000 hotel nights reserved for next week, and an expected expenditure of $1,500 for each visitor from abroad to local businesses. In addition Jerusalem is building its reputation as a leading world city in sports.
From a municipal press release:
“The Jerusalem Winner International Marathon will take place for the second time on 16 March 2012 with around 10,000 runners expected to take part. The event will be divided into a full marathon race (42.195 Km), a half marathon race (21.1 Km), a 10 Km race, a public race (4.2 Km) and a community race (800 meters).
Track routes will be posted across the city center and during the race the runners will pass spectacular , important historical sites, from the Knesset to the Old City, along its ancient walls, Sultan’s Pool, Mishkenot Shaananim, Mount Zion, the German Colony, Rehavia, the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, Ammunition Hill, Sacher Park, Mount Scopus, Mount of Olives and other sites.
The Jerusalem Marathon is unique in its beauty and challenging with uos and downs the characterize the course.”