Press Release: Jerusalem International Marathon 2017

Jerusalem International Marathon Enlists Training Technology MilestonePod to Help Get Runners Marathon-Ready

Record numbers signed up from around the world for 7th annual Jerusalem International Marathon to be held on 17 March 2017.

With the seventh annual Jerusalem International Marathon just over two months away, a record number of runners around the world are in training, with more than 1,200 runners – more than twice as many than at this stage last year – already registered. They will arrive in Israel from over 40 countries, in addition to the thousands of Israelis already signed up to take part. The event will include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and a number of shorter family and fun runs.

In addition, runners who register are being offered a little extra help in training for the breathtaking Jerusalem Marathon course, which not only allows runners to take in the tremendous sights of the modern and old neighborhoods of the city, but tests their stamina with its steep inclines and hills. This year, runners who register before February 1, 2017 (February 9, 2017 in Israel) will receive a MilestonePod.

The MilestonePod is a small, easy-to-use device that clips onto the runner’s shoe. It automatically tracks running metrics such as foot strikes, cadence and rate of impact and also provides performance data, including time, pace, distance and calories burned. There are no buttons, no re-charging needed and no GPS signal, but the device syncs quickly to the MilestonePod App, which is downloadable onto a smartphone or tablet.

Runners competing in the Full and Half Marathon will receive a MilestonePod for free, while those registered for the 10k or 5k will have the opportunity to purchase the Pod at a reduced rate.

The Marathon is an important event for tourism to the city with more than an estimated 10,000 extra hotel nights booked in the city around the event. In 2016, nearly 30,000 participated in the marathon with 2,600 runners coming from 65 countries around the world. The marathon began in 2011 with just 10,000 participants.

The men’s record for the full marathon was set in 2014 and is held by Ronald Kimeli Kurgat of Kenya (2:16:09), and the women’s record was set in 2016 and is held by Joan Jepchirchir Kigen of Kenya (2:38:30).

The start line is situated by Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, and runners in the Full Marathon will then loop around the Giv’at Ram campus of the Hebrew University, pass alongside the Valley of the Cross, and through various neighborhoods on their way up to Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus. The route then descends to the historic Old City, taking runners through Jaffa Gate and the Armenian Quarter and out Zion Gate, on their way to the Jerusalem Forest. The race’s finishing point is in Sacher Park.


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For more information on the Milestone Pod click here.


Journalists are invited to contact Sharon Segel on +972- (0)549939935 or email

Tuesday 14 March

Arrival and Welcome Reception: We look forward to welcoming you to the city of Jerusalem, and offering you the chance to experience the city’s unique sites, sounds, and flavors.

Wednesday 15 March

08:00 – Breakfast in your hotel. With a quick welcome and a briefing of the schedule and what lies ahead.

09:15 – In the Beginning – Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem: A historical journey above and below the ground of Jerusalem, offering a unique look at the beautiful holy sites of the ancient city; including the Western Wall Tunnels, the Western Wall, the Church of the Last Super, King David’s Tomb, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Via Dolorosa, and much more.

13:00 – Light lunch – A trip to Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market, where cafes, stalls and cater to every taste and appetite.

15:00 – Segway Tour – Keep your balance as you whiz round Jerusalem and see some of the behind the scenes secrets of the city.

16:30 – Back to the hotel – Take a rest and catch your breath…

19:30 – Dinner – Along with some of the senior marathon and tourism figures in Jerusalem, we will treat you to a sumptuous feast of Jerusalem delicacies.

22:00 – Jerusalem at Night – A nightlife tour of the Machane Yehuda Market, and the emerging night scene in Jerusalem.

Thursday 16 March

08:00 – Breakfast in your hotel.

09:00 – Meet the Mayor – A press conference for the foreign media along with the elite runners, and a chance to run with the Mayor – an active marathon runner – along the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

11:00 – North, South, East, & West – A tour of the Marathon route, highlighting the ups and downs of the breathtaking track. Including a logistical overview for covering the race itself.

13:30 – Jerusalem on the run*Over a light lunch, a chance to meet a range of the charities and causes represented in the Marathon, including; coexistence projects with Jews and Arabs running together, environmental, health, and welfare causes. We will also be bringing tech and innovation companies to show you their latest developments in the field of sports and health. *Will include briefing on the logistics of the Marathon coverage etc, followed by free time.

18:00 – The Expo – A visit to the sport expo held at the Jerusalem arena, including picking up Marathon kits for those running, and the traditional pasta dinner.

19:30 – Free Evening

Friday 17 March

Marathon Day: The big day arrives. We will have press tent with wifi and facilities as well as special arrangements for media taking part, as well as motorbikes with police escorts for those wishing to film the routes.

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