"Then a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his clothes torn…"

One of the first runs recorded in human history—long before the "marathon" told of in Greek mythology—is mentioned in the Bible, in the beginning of the book of Samuel. At the end of the war between the Israelites and the Philistines, the "man of Benjamin" runs from the battlefield at Eben Ezer (modern day Rosh Ha'ayin) to Shiloh, city of the shrine. His runner's mission is to inform Eli the priest of Israel's defeat in this war, the falling of his sons, and the capture of the Ark of the Covenant.

Many centuries later, after the Six Day War, the founder of the Maccabiah games, Yosef Yekutieli, set out to measure the length of the course from Rosh Ha'ayin to Shiloh, in the Benjamin region. He was amazed to find that the length of this historic path precisely matched that of the modern marathon – 42 kilometers (the official length of the Olympic running contest, determined in 1908 at the London Olympics). In the 1970s, Yekutieli initiated various marathons in the wake of the Biblical "man of Benjamin". It is truly amazing, the thought that if only someone had informed the Baron de Coubertin, founder of the 42 km Olympic run, of the Biblical story, then perhaps instead of "marathon" it would be called one of the following: Shiloh Race, Man of Benjamin, or Bible Race.

Bible Marathon

Nowadays, thousands of years after the historic Biblical run, including two thousand years of diaspora, the People of Israel has returned to its homeland, and the State of Israel has been established.

At the location of the ancient battle between the Israelies and the Philistines, there exists an Israeli city with a population of tens of thousands – Rosh Ha'ayin. Several thriving settlements have been established among the picturesque vineyards and olive groves surrounding the site of the ancient temple of Shiloh, in the Benjamin region. It is in this unique atmosphere that we renew the first marathon in history, in a huge athletic event including hundreds of runners from throughout Israel and the world over. The runners travel the course of the Man of Benjamin, culminating in a huge, exciting EXPO event among the ruins and mosaics of ancient Shiloh.

Rout info: Maximum height: 712 m (2337 ft) Minimum height: 66 m (216 ft) Incremental height: 964 m (3162 ft) Maximum gradient: 10% Minimum gradient: 8%

Point of assembly and departure for full marathon:

The Sounds of Music Promenade Lake in Rosh Ha'ayin, near the Eben Ezer archeological site.

The route:

lake – Highway 5 – Oranit Interchange – Barkan Interchange – Ariel Junction – Rachelim Junction – Highway 60 – Eli Junction – Shiloh Junction – Ancient Shiloh.

 Finishing point and main event:

Ancient Shiloh

Heats:

  • 42.2 km full marathon– from Rosh Ha'ayin to Ancient Shiloh
  • 21.1 km half marathon– from Rosh Ha'ayin to Ariel
  • 15 km heat – start at Ariel University, finish at Ancient Shiloh
  • 5 km popular run – around Ancient Shiloh
Wave Description Start Ages Price schedule
קמ 42.2 Km מרתון מלא Full marathon 09/04/2015 06:30 18

120
Registration Ends Price
מוקדמת
01/03/201507:00
240.00 ₪
מאוחרת
05/04/201514:00
290.00 ₪
ק"מ 21 Km חצי מרתון Half marathon 09/04/2015 06:30 18

120
Registration Ends Price
רגילה
01/03/201507:00
180.00 ₪
מאוחרת
05/04/201514:00
210.00 ₪
קמ 15 Km קילומטרים 15 Kilomerters 09/04/2015 07:30 15

120
Registration Ends Price
מוקדמת
01/03/201507:00
150.00 ₪
מאוחרת
05/04/201514:00
180.00 ₪
קמ 5 Km קילומטרים 5 Kilomerters 09/04/2015 08:15 10

120
Registration Ends Price
מוקדמת
01/03/201507:00
40.00 ₪
מאוחרת
05/04/201514:00
60.00 ₪

 

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Dear participants,

Owing to new legal precedents, we are obliged to receive a valid medical certificate for the competition. The process is a simple one, and consists of the following steps:

  1. Download and print the form (link below).
  2. Have your physician sign his approval, and then sign it yourself.
  3. Send it via the email address or fax number provided on it.

Wishing you safe and enjoyable participation,

The Organizing Committee.

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Requests for changes or cancelling of registration, subject to regulations, shall be submitted on the above form no later than one week prior to the race

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