Jerusalem “Winner” Marathon 2020

The sporting event returns to the city for its tenth edition welcoming over 40,000 runners from all over the world

Jerusalem –  Fascinating, engaging and able to give incomparable emotions. Jerusalem is not afraid of comparison with nearby Tel Aviv. Also in terms of sport, the City, known as one of the oldest destinations in the world, reveals its ace up its sleeve once again proving to be in step with the times. In Jerusalem, in fact, everything is ready to welcome the 10th edition of the Jerusalem “Winner” Marathon, one of the most exciting events on the annual sporting calendar. Friday, March 20, Jerusalem will be animated by more than 40,000 athletes and international events, such as the Expo Sport exhibition, which will transform the destination into an unmissable stage.
A lot of enthusiasm and turnout: according to an initial estimate, the number of participants expected for this new edition will increase by 15% compared to 2019. During the previous 9 marathons more than 231 thousand participants have reached the finish line of the challenging race, equal to a total of 24 thousand international runners registered for the sports event. A positive trend that indicates how the destination is able to offer unique experiences thanks to a rich and transversal tourist offer.

The marathon, which has won the status of the most important sporting event in Israel for its 10th consecutive year, attracts over 40,000 runners from 86 countries, with the highest turnout from the U.S.A., Italy, Germany, China and England. The event has managed to make its way into the top international events scene also thanks to its ability to combine sport, history and great values. The Jerusalem Winner Marathon promotes the meeting of all communities and promotes the principles of diversity and hospitality. The great interest of the participants is linked to the fame of the marathon, its high scenic route that includes in fact the wonderful views that tell the story of Jerusalem, but also the values of one of the oldest cities in the world.
Participants will have the opportunity to run 6 runs on different routes: a full marathon of 42.2 km, a 10 km route, a 5 km route, a family race and a community race. An unmissable opportunity to discover the destination in a new light and join Israel’s largest social sporting event.
The marathon proves to be a unique test of physical endurance, able to combine sport with city scenery of great beauty. From the Israeli Parliament through the Old City and along the Walls, Sultan’s Pool, Mt. Zion, the German Colony, the Rehavia district, Armon HaNatziv Broadwalk, Ammunition Hill, Sacher Park, Mount Scopus and much more. The route passes through the four districts of the city and its main historical attractions and will throw amateur and professional runners a challenging but at the same time suitable for the level of sports preparation of each athlete.
The Jerusalem “Winner” Marathon represents for Jerusalem a springboard from a sports point of view as much as from a tourist and economic one. Last year alone it generated about 4.5 million dollars for trade, infrastructure development and social projects. Moreover, the analysis of the data shows that the marathon represents one of the main tourist/sports attractions that the city is able to offer and that last year alone it attracted more than 4,600 foreign participants; each with at least 2 accompanying persons, with an average stay of 3 nights in Jerusalem, which allowed to register a full general booking in the city’s hotels.


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