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3rd Annual International Jerusalem Marathon Races

Run for the IDF with Connections Israel

March 13, 2015

The Jerusalem Marathon race circuits trace the capital city's 3000-year-old history, with breathtaking trails combining a challenge for the runners with splendid views of both ancient and modern Jerusalem. 

Each year, Team Connections Israel participates in the Jerusalem Marathon races, with each Team Connections Israel runner committing to raise funds for the IDF via sponsors. The Israel Connections sponsored IDF projects are based upon the principal of making the lives of combat unit chayalim (soldiers) a bit easier while they're on base, and connecting with them individually.

Connections Israel specifically sponsors the IDF Infantry brigade that oversees checkpoints and performs guard duty along the connecting roads, and other operations deep into various areas. Throughout the year, Connections Israel plans programs together with this division's soldiers, visiting them at their base, often relaxing over a barbeque. The idea is that we get to know the soldiers personally, seeing the real people -- the real souls – behind one of Israel's army units.

The Team Connections Israel Jerusalem Marathon Run for the IDF program is a fantastic way to get in shape while joining a great group of people who care about the future of Israel. 

The Jerusalem Marathon races offers five race lengths:

  • Full Marathon - 42 km 

  • Half Marathon - 21 km 

  • 10K

  • 5K

  • Community Race: 800 meter

All tracks start and finish around Gan Sacher.

For specific information about start and finish times and locations, please see the Jerusalem Marathon official website.

Team Sweat for the IDF runners receive:

  • A personal fundraising page

  • Personalized fitness training by certified coaches from "Hasolelim" Jerusalem long distance running club.

  • A "Sweat for the IDF" T-Shirt

  • A group to practice with and a professional trainer

  • An opportunity to train with IDF soldiers for the marathon

  • A post-marathon BBQ with soldiers


The Jerusalem Running Club  Hasolelim has taken us under their wing in helping us train. 

We are welcome to use their running facilities (the beautiful Athletics Stadium in Givat Ram - Hebrew University), consult and build a personal plan with the head coach, learning from them and training together.

The club meets every Tuesday at 6:00 pm in Givat Ram - and we welcome you to join us and start getting into a framework. 

The training is open to all runners and is not mandatory, but a great option to start preparing!

Runner Sponsors

Each runner raises funds from individual sponsors. Our goal for 2015 is to raise $20,000 for an infantry unit.

Company Sponsorship

In conjunction with the individual runner sponsors, company sponsorships form a significant part of the success of Team Israel Connections, both in funds and moral support. For more information, please see our company sponsorship page.


Connections Israel(EIN - 26-4147225) is an independent, educational, non-profit organization which works to strengthen the connection between Jewish communities and schools around the world and Israel 's citizens and soldiers. Connections Israel provides educational programs for schools and shuls, as part of the process of fostering relationships between Diaspora Jews and Israelis.


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