א׳ בניסן ה׳תשע״ז (March 28, 2017) Jerusalem Marathon: Running through the Holy City

On March 17, about 20 TRY students ran in the Jerusalem Marathon. Most did the 5k, but five students (and one madricha) ran the 10k. The 5k runners woke up early to get to their race on time. The 10k runners and everyone else woke up a little while later for an invigorating, spiritual tefillah and some energizing breakfast.

As we all walked down to the starting line, we listened to music on a speaker to hype ourselves up for the forthcoming event. It was thrilling to see so many different kinds of Israelis, from Orthodox to secular, all stretching together in anticipation of the race. As we approached the starting line, the other students wished those of us running the 10k good luck. I walked up to the starting line feeling apprehensive yet enthusiastic.

The race finally began after what felt like a long wait. There were so many people there that we were unable to run at first because of the crowds. We weren’t worried though-we had 10k (6.2 miles) ahead of us!

I was with my friend Elior, and together we ran through the beautiful, holy city of Jerusalem. It was definitely an experience I will never forget. We began around Katamon, relatively near the Chava. Then we made our way up to the Old City. It was an amazing feeling to run through Zion Gate, past the Tower of David Museum. There were definitely a number of uphills, but there were just as many downhills. Toward the end of the race there was one hill that was super tough, but with the hit song “Zahav” emanating from other runners’ phones, and knowing that I was running in Jerusalem alongside the people of Israel, there was enough motivation to bring me to the pisga (the peak!).

I’ve been fortunate to traverse the streets of Jerusalem many times. However, I know that from now on I will experience the city in a different way because of my participation in the marathon. It will come to mind every time I make my way through the city.
LUCY COSGROVE
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