Tel Aviv is decked out in turquoise signs – this year’s Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon color theme. The enormous sporting event, scheduled for February 24, is set to include 40,000 runners – among them, 1,500 from abroad — and some 150,000 cheering onlookers.
“The City of Tel Aviv-Yafo is proud of the significant increase in the number of runners who come to participate in the marathon this year. The Tel Aviv Marathon stands in one line with the great marathons in the world,” said Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo. “Good luck to all the runners, and I’ll see you at the starting line!”
The marathon includes six urban routes: the full course (42.195 km), the half marathon (21 km), a 10k race, a 5k race, a hand cycle race for athletes with special needs, and two mini-marathon courses (420m and 1k) for children.
In addition to completing the marathon, organizers have added an incentive: a large delegation of international elite runners will attempt to break the Tel Aviv Marathon record, set last year by William Kiprono Yagon from Kenya at 2:10:30. Any runner who will break the marathon record with a result of under 2:07:59 will receive $40,000.
The children’s marathon courses will take place two days before the main event at Sarona entertainment complex.
Runners in the main event will set off from the Tel Aviv Convention Center in northern Tel Aviv, then follow the route through the city’s most celebrated neighborhoods including Sarona, past Rabin Square, and along the white sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea to Old Jaffa.