Running in the Holy City
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2013-01-15
The countdown has begun to the third annual Jerusalem Marathon, which is due to take place on March 1.
Those taking part this year will be treated to a scenic course which takes in some of the city's most famous landmarks.
The course will begin in front of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, and reach as far as the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Mount Scopus Campus - taking in the likes of Zion Gate, The Jerusalem Theatre,
Ammunition Hill and the Israel Museum along the way.
Participants will also have a choice of courses, both competitive and amateur - ranging from the complete 42km marathon through to the half marathon, the 10km race and a public race of 4.2km.
Those who run in the full or half marathons will also be invited to a traditional pasta dinner ahead of the event on February 28.
Last year's marathon welcomed over 15,000 participants from 52 different countries.
Jerusalem mayor Nik Birkat said: "As a runner myself, one who has spent many years running all over this city, with its breathtaking views, historical sites, human diversity and air as clear as wine, I can say with confidence that all these create the perfect backdrop for a challenging marathon."