42.2k Full Marathon
One of the first runs recorded in history, long before the mythological Greek marathon, is mentioned in the Bible at the beginning of the book of Samuel:
“And a man of Benjamin ran from the battle and came to Shiloh on that day.”
At the end of the war between Israel and the Philistines, the “Man of Benjamin” runs from the battlefield at Even Ha’ezer (modern day Rosh Ha’ayin) to Shiloh, the city of the Tabernacle and first capital city of Israel. Thousands of years after that biblical run, the children of Israel returned to their land. After the Six Day War, Maccabia Games founder Yosef Yekutieli measured the length of the route from Rosh Ha’ayin to Ancient Shiloh. His surprise knew no bounds: the length of the historic route was exactly the same as the distance of a modern marathon – 42 kilometers. (The official marathon distance set only in 1908 at the London Olympic Games).
The Bible marathon revives this historic run from Rosh Ha’ayin to Ancient Shiloh with a huge international event incorporating sports and experience – Run History!
Running on wide, comfortable roads.
Starting point: Rosh Ha’ayin – "Sound of Music" pond.
Finish line: Ancient Shiloh.
Route goes from Rosh Ha’ayin – Highway 5 eastbound – Ariel – Highway 60 – Ancient Shiloh.
Total cumulative ascent: 1,097 meters.
Total cumulative descent: 454 meters.
Altitude range: From 49 meters to 694 meters.
Water stations throughout the run: Every 3 km, starting from the fourth km.
Starting time: 5:30 AM from "Sound of Music" pond in Rosh Ha’ayin. We recommend arriving at the starting point about an hour before the starting time.
Descent from Highway 5 – Barkan Junction – 16.5 km from the starting point – open until 7:50 AM.
Eastern exit gate of Ariel – 26 km from the starting point – open until 9:40 AM.
Rechelim Junction after the turn – 31 km from the starting point – open until 10:10 AM.
Finish line and closing of route – 42.2 km from the starting point – until 11:30 AM.
Total time: 6 hours for the entire route. Runners who do not meet one of the above times will need to board the sweeper bus at one of the cut-off points.
Parking is available at the school parking lot complex on Nachal Raba Street in Rosh Ha’ayin. (WAZE – Gvanim Junior High School, Rosh Ha’ayin)
Marathon runners will be provided with shuttles from the finish line at Ancient Shiloh back to their cars at the parking lot in Rosh Ha’ayin. The first shuttle will leave at 9:30, followed by shuttles every hour on the hour until 12:30.
Highway 5 will be blocked to eastbound traffic from Kessem Interchange to Barkan Interchange between 4:30 AM and 8:00 AM.
Jerusalem Blvd. in Ariel will be blocked eastbound traffic from the entrance to the city to the eastern gate (near the university) between 5:30 AM and 9:40 AM.
The Ariel-Nofei Nechemia-Rechelim Highway will be blocked to traffic in both directions between 5:30 AM and 10:10 AM.
Highway 60 from Rechelim Junction to Shiloh Junction will be blocked to traffic in both directions between 5:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
Full marathon runners will not be disturbed by the blocked roads except when they arrive at the starting point in Rosh Ha’ayin. We recommend arriving at the starting point by 4:30 AM or entering the city via the southern entrances of Rosh Ha’ayin.
To arrange arrival of family members and friends to the finish line complex at Ancient Shiloh, visit this page: Blocked Roads and Traffic Arrangements
Storage of personal belongings:
Full marathon runners will be provided with storage space for their personal belongings at the starting line. Backpacks will be transferred in an orderly fashion to the storage area at the finish line at Ancient Shiloh.
Distribution of race packs:
Details to follow
Full marathon runners will receive the prestigious title of Benjamin Man. Every runner will receive a personalized clay tablet featuring the title “Benjamin Man.” In addition, runners with receive a unique clay medal, a high quality brand-name polo shirt and entrance to the spectacular complex at the finish line in Ancient Shiloh.
Map of route and water stations:
Marathon route - Water and energy stations:
4.8 km – Water
8 km – Water, Isotonic gel, additional energy source
12 km - Water
17 km - Water, Isotonic gel, additional energy source
20.5 km - Water, Isotonic gel, additional energy source
22.5 km - Water
25 km - Water, Isotonic gel, additional energy source
29 km - Water, Isotonic gel, additional energy source
31.5 km - Water, Isotonic gel, additional energy source
34.5 km - Water, Isotonic gel, additional energy source
38 km – Water, Isotonic gel
40.5 Water, Isotonic gel
Full Marathon Age Categories:
Men/women 1st, 2nd and 3rd place:
There must be a minimum of 5 participants per category (if there are less than 5 participants, the category may be joined with a category close to it). Participants’ ages will be determined by year of birth.