I finished! 89 runners finished the marathon. 458 runners finished the half marathon. 2805 runners crossed the finish line in the 10k. Palestinian runner Tha’er Shana’a finished in second place with a time of 2:53:58.
The race starts at the Church of Nativity taking runners through Bethlehem, the Al Aida and Ad Dheisheh refugee camps, past Banksy’s “Walled Off Hotel” and along the barrier wall deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004.
If you go:
Jacir Palace Hotel is a short walk from the #231 bus stop on Hebron Road, the Bethlehem Museum, the barrier wall and Banksy’s “Walled Off Hotel”. It’s about a 30-minute walk to the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square. You can catch the #231 bus to Bethlehem at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. It costs 6.80 NIS.
Things to Do:
“On January 9, 2013, the first stamp with the “State of Palestine” wording was issued by Palestinian postal service. The move came following the historic upgrade of Palestine mission of PLO (Palestinian Authority) to the UN to non-member observer state on 29 November 2012.” Source Wikipedia.
Christmas House Olivewood Factory on Milk Grotto Street.
Banksy’s “Walled Off Hotel”:
The space includes an art gallery, museum, bookshop and a piano bar open to the public.
Taybeh beer is the local Palestinian beer.