Palestine Marathon

Palestine Marathon
Photo Credit Palestine Marathon Facebook Page

I just registered for the March 31, 2017, Palestine Marathon 10k race.  In it’s 5th year, it was successfully organized by “Right to Movement”, a non profit global running community for the first 4 years.  The race grew from 700 runners in the inaugural race in 2013 to 5000 runners in 2016.  

“Right to Movement” was founded in April 2013 with the goal to “promote the basic human right to freedom of movement as stipulated under Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – and to tell a new story about Palestine.”  

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 13.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Restricted Movement

It is a logistically impossible to map out a 26.2 mile course in the occupied Palestinian territories.  Movement is restricted by barricades, Israeli army checkpoints, and the West Bank wall.   The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) currently operates 27 permanent staffed checkpoints in the West Bank according to Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, with an additional 26 IDF checkpoints along the Green Line (pre 1967 border). Runners must complete a 10.25 km loop four times in order to run the full 26.2 miles (42.195k).  

This years race is organized by the Palestine Olympic Committee. 

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