The racing rout which extends over 42,195 KM will take you through different views on Palestinian everyday life. The route itself is a technical course with a few steep hills coupled with some fast sections in scenery like no other marathon. The race starts at the Church of Nativity in the centre of the Old City of Bethlehem taking the runners through Bethlehem, through two refugee camps – Al Aida and Ad Dheisheh – and along the Wall deemed illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004, but still standing, separating Palestinians from their land and each other and preventing the basic human right to freedom of movement. The course is 21,0975 KM, why the runners doing the full marathon will run two loops. For the runners doing the 10 K, remember to turn at the marked turning point. There will be KM markers every KM. Remember to check out the route at the expo and get the instructions from the volunteers when you pick up your running kit in the days before the marathon.
Palestine Marathon as a model, I hope to share the methods I have employed to increase the number of women participating in sport in Palestine, and how this has contributed to gender equality. In just 5 years we have increased the number of women running in our marathon to 46% of total participants.