Tel Aviv Marathon signals Israel’s return to normalcy

First international sports event post-pandemic in Israel
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Tel Aviv Marathon signals Israel’s return to normalcy

Israel says that already athletes from 40 nations have registered for the event

Next week’s Tel Aviv Marathon is the first multinational sports event to take place in Israel’s commercial capital. It marks the beginning of return to normalcy in Israel after nearly 24 months of pandemic-forced hiatus.
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Israeli government is excited about the good response generated by the upcoming Samsung Tel Aviv Marathon, the primary international athletic event of Israel’s largest city, scheduled to take place on February 25.

Israel says that already athletes from 40 nations have registered for the event that finally returns to its previous form, in the heart of Tel Aviv. Tens of thousands of runners are expected to participate in the marathon event which will have five different formats to suit every type of runner. There is a full marathon (42.195 km), a half marathon (21 km), a 10 km race, a 5 km race. The city has also organised a mini marathon on February 23.

Along the tracks, runners will be able to enjoy music stages, water stations and energy stations.  The mini marathon at the Ganei Yehoshua Park, will include an end track for children with disabilities and their families of 500 metres and 1 km. Israel says that the Samsung Tel Aviv Marathon will, for the first time, be held under the official mark of the World Athletics Association, thus becoming the first Israeli marathon in history to hold this license, joining the list of the largest and leading marathons of the world.

The marathon began this registration process two years ago, when a special representative from the International Federation visited the city to rate organisational elements during the marathon.  A Standard Mark is a special quality mark for a race, which requires the race organizer to make special assessments according to the guidelines of the International Association in administrative areas such as: extremely accurate measurement of running distance by an international certified surveyor, professional organisation of the running track, medical specifications of international standard, tests to prevent the use of prohibited stimulants and more, all in addition to the judgment and control of the Israel Athletics Association.  The official recognition will take full effect in the upcoming marathon.

Registration for the marathon for all runners is currently in progress and will be available for the various tracks until February 19. The event of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and produced by Kapaim, will respect health guidelines and regulations imposed by the Ministry of Health and will follow the Green Pass.

“In 2020 there were over 40,000 runners from all over the world who came to Israel and ran through the city for the Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon.  That was one of the last major public events that Israel hosted before the pandemic brought the world to a stop. Last year, the Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon followed a virtual format where we had thousands of runners from all over the world who ran the marathon from their home countries.  This year, with the marathon returning to its original format, we see it as a positive sign, not only for the reopening of skies to Israel, but also a huge push for the tourism industry,” says Sammy Yahia, Director of Tourism, India & Philippines.

Following last year’s digital marathon competition, the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo, with the support from the Israel Ministry of Tourism and Kapaim, are proud to host the winner Jervis Johns Salvador, from Manila, the Philippines. Jervis will be treated to an all-expenses paid trip to Tel Aviv, where he will run his first ever full marathon (42.195km) and discover the best sites of the city. Tel Aviv cannot wait to host him and wishes him the best of luck with the marathon!

“We are pleased with the return of the Samsung Tel Aviv Marathon in its beloved and familiar format, with the runners and cheerleaders who are expected to visit the city at the leading sports event in Israel. We are proud that the event will be the first Israeli marathon to receive the standard mark of the World Athletics Association and officially become one of the leading marathons in the world. Everyone is welcome and invited to register for any of the tracks and take part in such a unique urban running experience,” says Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

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