Israel might be one of the smallest countries in the world, but its’ natural wealth is never ending
The State of Israel, which stretches across just over 1,000 kilometers from north to south, enjoys 280 kilometers of wide coastline and long months of sunny summer to enjoy them.
As a country with a fairly comfortable climate, the amateur running community is developing rapidly, and almost anywhere you go you’ll find groups of runners who will be happy to host you on local morning runs and introduce you to the country and its people through your feet.
Israel is also full of attractive races, which you will certainly be happy to get acquainted with.
So here are five things you should know about running in Israel:
1. Israeli runners, as well as the local racing venues, are accustomed to early starts. Sometimes – and especially in the summer months – runs begin even before sunrise, in order to avoid the hot temperatures. This means that you can enjoy spectacular sunrise runs which reveal the beautiful landscapes of the country.
2. The landscape in Israel varies dramatically, from the north through the center till the southern region, from mountainous green hills, the blue Mediterranean and the yellow dunes, the unique and exciting scenery of Jerusalem and from there to the Dead Sea and the southern desert region. But because of its small size, even if you’re here on a short visit you can enjoy a huge variety of landscapes and terrain without spending days on long flights and drives.
3. Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel, is a unique resort town located between the Red Sea coast and the Negev area. A visit to this city, where the summer seems to last forever, will provide you with breathtaking and unmatched running experiences – both along the coastline and in the desert landscapes.
4. Tel Aviv, the largest metropolis in Israel, located in the center of the country on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the main centers of the running scene. If you like road running you can run many kilometers along the city’s Yarkon park and from there along the coastline on a path that ensures access to water faucets. In other places in Israel, it is worth checking in advance whether you should take a bottle or water-pack along on the planned route.
5. If you’re looking for a place to run during the cold winter months, Israel is the place for you! You’ll be happy to know that you can find flights to Israel’s airports at very low prices during these months, and benefit from the best season and perfect weather to participate in local races and enjoy a joyful and challenging experience.
Want to run in Israel? It’s worthwhile to get to know
- The Arad-to-Masada Half Marathon
- The Desert Marathon, in Eilat
- The Bible Marathon
- The Sea Of Galilee International Tiberias Marathon