The Jerusalem Marathon gets underway tomorrow (March 18) and more than 25,000 runners are expected to take part.

The international event takes “runners through the very streets where kings and prophets walked three thousand years ago,” Mayor Nir Barkat says in his YouTube greeting.

The challenging route winds past the Knesset, Machane Yehuda marketplace, Mount Scopus, the Old City, David’s Tower, and the Haas Promenade.

Running the streets of Jerusalem during the city's annual marathon. Photo via Flash 90
Running the streets of Jerusalem during the city’s annual marathon. Photo via Flash 90

The event includes several tracks – marathon (42.2km), half-marathon (21.1km), 10km race, competitive 5km race, popular 5km race, family1.7km race and an 800m community race.

In 2013, Women’s Running Magazine chose the Jerusalem Marathon as one of the top 10 international spring running events around the world.

Jerusalem Marathon. Photo via Flash 90
Jerusalem Marathon. Photo via Flash 90