THE BIBLE MARATHON

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Participants can run or walk a 5 km., 10 km., half-marathon, or full 42 km. marathon through the streets of the Binyamin region in the Biblical heartland of Israel.

The race begins as the sun rises. Men dressed in white bang goblet drums and the sound of the shofar is blasted. Runners head uphill most of the course. But while participants pound the winding pavement, orchards, vineyards and layers of voluptuous greenery embrace them on every turn.

It’s Israeli flags, balloons and loads of energy.

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The full marathon route runs from Rosh Ha’ayin (Eben Ezer in the Bible) to Shiloh, as described in the Book of Samuel.

Shortly after the Jews entered the Land of Israel, they fought a battle against the Philistines.

“Every man fled his tent; and the slaughter was very great, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers,” it says in the Tanach, the canonical collection of Jewish texts. The Ark of the Covenant was taken and the two sons of the High Priest were killed. “Now, a man of [the tribe] Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes torn and dust on his head.”

This man, from the tribe of Benjamin, ran 42 km., which is also the official length of the Olympic marathon, decided upon in 1908 at the London Olympic Games. According to tradition, the Benjamin man was a young King Saul ( c. 1050 – 1012 BCE).

Everyone thinks the first marathon was when Pheidippides ran to Athens with the news of the great victory his people had over the Persians at Marathon in 490 BCE. But, in reality, it was many years earlier, in the Bible, in the Land of Israel.

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Friday, September 28 | Biblical Heartland, Israel

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