May 9, 2017

the Hebron Half Marathon that wasn't

Mohammed Al-Mohtaseb has put together a race in Hebron. It seems he was not as ambitious as some others who respectively put together the Gaza and Bethlehem marathons, as the Hebron race is being billed as a Half Marathon.

And, by the way, different from those 2 other Palestinian races, I am told that Israelis can participate in the Hebron Half Marathon (I cannot yet confirm that - I asked the organizers but did not yet get an official answer).

The event sounds nice. Only one point is questionable.

Here is the description of the event:
A half Marathon in the ancient city of Hebron for the first time in history! 
Hebron (Al-Khalil)
The second oldest city in Palestine and largest in the West Bank. A home of around 700,000 Palestinians and many historical landmarks to different religions and cultures.
With a wealth of stunning architecture , it is the hub of west bank trade and responsible for a third of the area,s gross domestic product. 
This half marathon has been organised by our Palestinian youth in an attempt to raise awareness of the Political and cultural situation of Hebron. We strive to be different from other marathons by making it the largest ever tour of Hebron, taking in the all aspects of the city.
Our half marathon will be held on Friday 19th of may and commences at 9:00am. It is an 8km run which will take the runners from the northern entrance of the city(Ras ALjoura)and will finish at the friendship garden near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Activities at the finish line will include

1: traditional meal
2: presentaion about Hebron
3: interculture meeting with Palestinians
4: market of Palestinian hand made goods

Tickets are available from Nidal Abu Mariah at the Habibi Hostel.
Contact : Nidal.BYH@gmail.com
Tel: +972599099089
Ticket prices are 75 nis for internationals and 25 nis for locals.
Included in this price a traditional meal after run, and a donation to poor families in the old city of Hebron.

Activities at the finish line will include 
1: traditional meal 2: presentaion about Hebron3: interculture meeting with Palestinians 4: market of Palestinian hand made goods
Tickets are available from Nidal Abu Mariah at the Habibi Hostel. Contact : Nidal.BYH@gmail.comTel: +972599099089Ticket prices are 75 nis for internationals and 25 nis for locals.Included in this price a traditional meal after run, and a donation to poor families in the old city of Hebron.
Sounds nice.

Only three times does the description of the event call it a "half marathon", and then once it explains "it is an 8km run".

Needless to explain, a half marathon is 21.1km and 8km is not quite a half marathon.

While most of the time I hear from people things like "I am running a marathon" when they are running a 5km or 10km race I just ignore it, understanding that people don't pay attention and are not aware that "marathon" does not just mean "race" but is actually a specific distance - this is different. An organizer of a race should know the difference and get his terms right.

A friend of mine saw this and pointed out that this fits perfectly with the general Palestinian style of stretching the truth, or outright lying - like their claims of having had a country in this land or like claiming to be on a hunger strike and then eating when nobody is looking.

Anyways, the event looks nice, my one point notwithstanding.  








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3 comments:

  1. I also just inquired about whether Israelis can run. But even if they let us, we'd still need army approval to enter.

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  2. And I just got their response:

    Hi,
    No because it illegal for israelie to be where the marathon is going.

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  3. of course it's not a real marathon. they are not giving out branded shirts!

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