At 200 metres below sea level in the Jordan Valley, it’s little wonder that the International Tiberias Marathon is deemed the world’s “lowest” marathon! It’s even less of a wonder why this race has been running for 39 years when one considers the setting.
Tracing the Sea of Galilee’s shoreline, the flat and fast asphalt route is set against a breath-taking rustic landscape. Starting from the main streets of Tiberias, the capital of Galilee, runners will wind through ancient historical landmarks in the Jordan Valley.
Runners will then go out and back to cross the historically significant Jordan River before meeting the turning-point at Kibutz Ein-Gev, the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Heading back to the city, they will finish at Leonardo Club Hotel, where they will have had a massive pasta party the night before.
What’s In The Race
Held on 8 January 2016, the 39th International Tiberias Marathon will kick off at 7:30 a.m. Weather conditions are expected to be a chilly 12°C at 8:00 a.m. – but brace yourself for even colder temperatures as you’ll likely be exposed to sea winds!
Besides the full marathon course, there will also be a 10 km category.
The top three runners in each age groups will be awarded trophies, and all finishers will receive a medal and certificate too. The fastest Israeli men and women marathoners will be awarded special prizes and titled National Champions.
More Than A Scenic Space
Before or after the race, indulge in more of Tiberias’ beautiful scenery and heritage. From visiting holy Christian and Jewish historical sites, to water recreational activities, there’s much to do and see here.
If you or your accompanying supporters have other sporting interests besides running, you’re in for a treat! During the week of the Marathon, there will also be many sport activities in Tiberias and the surrounding areas, including health walking, exhibitions, a sport conference and walking tours.
Last Chance to Book Your Place!
You can still sign up for the marathon or the 10 km race till 15 December 2015. Registration fees are 395 NIS and 145 NIS respectively.
Visit the official International Tiberias Marathon website for more information about the race, as well as accommodation and travel options.