Jerusalem Marathon 2018 Tips & Tricks

The Jerusalem Marathon will race through the streets of Jerusalem on Friday March 9, 2018. It is a very exciting day for the city. Whether you run or like to cheer on the runners from the side – the excitement takes over the streets.

One of my personal favorite parts of the marathon is seeing the crowds come alive as they scream “Kol Hakavod” (Good Job) to the runners passing them by, as well as the ways families are encouraged to join the race. The feeling of cooperation and encouragement is unique to the Jerusalem marathon. 

Here are some tips and tricks you will need to know.

Sports Expo:

Don’t miss the sports expo at the Arena March 6-8th from 3pm -9pm.

Guests and runners are invited to visit the Expo and enjoy an electric athletic fair atmosphere, a variety of booths and stores, offering special discounts on sports apparel, accessories and equipment of the world’s leading sportswear brands, fitness workouts in collaboration with Israel’s top gyms, lectures and kits distribution.

Runners kits will be distributed during the Sports and Health Exhibition. FREE parking in the Arena parking lot.

Race Times:

  • Half Marathon 6:45am
  • Full Marathon 7:00am
  • 5K: 7:30(orange) 7:45am (blue)
  • Community Race 800m 8:30am
  • 10K 9:30am, 9:45am, 10:00am
  • Family Race 1.7km 10:20am

Starting Line: 

All races will start at Rupin Rd. at the junction between the Israel Knesset building and the Israel Museum.

Finish Line: varies based on the track

  • Half Marathon – Ben Tzvi Blvd near North Sacher Park
  • Full Marathon – South Sacher Park near Valley of the Cross
  • 5K – Yitzchak Rabin Blvd
  • 10K – Ben Tzvi Blvd North Sacher Park
  • Family Race – Sacher Park
  • Community Race – opposite the starting line

Picking Up Your Kit:

Runners kits will be distributed at the Sports and Health Exhibition at the “Pais Arena” – Jerusalem, on March 6th-8th, 2018, 3:00pm-9:00pm. Bring ID and proof of registration.

Special Events for Families:

Special races for families at 10:20am and 10:40am
Exercise activities in the park from 8:00am-12:00pm that kids can join in
SPECIAL SHOW: PJ Masks 12:00pm in Gan Sacher

Great Cheering Spots:

Some of my favorite spots two watch the runners are the incline next to Tower of David, Jabotinsky St in front of the Inbal, the corner of Azza and Ben Tzvi in front of Evelina Day School.


Cars parked along the marathon route will not be able to move until after 1:30pm

Street Closures:

On the day of the marathon, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5:30am
Rupin Avenue, Hebrew University Campus, Netanel Lorch, Rabin Avenue, Haim Hazaz Avenue, Tchernichovsky, HaPalmach, HaNasi, Keren HaYesod, King George, Yafo Street, Tzahal Square, HaTzanhanim, Haim Bar Lev Avenue, George Adam Smith, Lehi, Martin Buber, Binyamin Mazar, Churchill, Kariv, Sha’ar Yafo, The Armenian Patriarchate, Sha’ar Zion, Hativat Yerushalayim, King David, Jabotinsky, Chopin, Dubnov, Gretz, Emek Refa’im, Derech HaRakevet, Derech Beit Lehem, David Remez, Derech Hebron, Yanovsky, Yehuda, Pierre Koenig, El’azar HaModa’i, Kovshei Katamon, Yehoshua Yavin, Sacher Park.

Running For A Cause:

The following organizations have runners running to raise money for their important causes.

Shalva, Lone Soldier Center, Melabev, Mercaz Panim, Israel Cancer Association, Dror, Aleh, Ohr Torah Stone, One Family, Koby Mandel Foundation, Neshima, Kav Lnoar, Kav LChaim, Crossroads, Little Steps, Team Yachad, Chayenu, Gisha LChaim.  

This information was received by Fun In Jerusalem from the municipality of Jerusalem. 

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