The 2017 Right to Movement Palestine Marathon
The Right to Movement Palestine Marathon starts at the Church of the Nativity taking runners through the Al Aida and Ad Dheisheh refugee camps, past Banksy’s “Walled Off Hotel” and along the wall separating Palestine from Israel. The wall was deemed illegal by The International Court of Justice, in a 2004 advisory opinion, that found that the construction of the wall by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, was contrary to international law.
89 runners finished the marathon. 458 runners finished the half marathon. 2805 runners crossed the finish line for the 10k. Palestinian runner Tha’er Shana’a finished the 26.2 miles in second place with a time of 2:53:58.
I ran the 10k in 1:17:40 or about 12:30 min/mile pace. It’s taking me a lot longer than I had planned to get into race shape. There are masters runners in my age group (55-59), running 7-8 minute miles which is my goal. In 2013, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida (a distance of 110.86 miles) at age 64. It was her fifth attempt. I’m not giving up yet.
If you go:
Visit Banksy’s “Walled Off Hotel” at 182 Caritas Street. The hotel houses an art gallery, museum, bookshop, and piano bar. The “WallMart” next to the hotel sells stencils and spray paint.
Mail a postcard.
“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.
The Post Office is located close to Manger Square.
Taybeh beer is the local Palestinian beer.