The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon will take place on Friday February 22, 2019. 40,000 runners will participate in Israel’s biggest sporting event of the year. 2,500 international participants from Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Austria, US and more are set to hit the city to take part in the marathon, including a large delegation of elite international runners attempting to break the marathon record. The current record was set in 2015 by William Kiprono Yagon from Kenya at a time of 2:10:30. Any runner who succeeds in achieving a result of under 2:07:59 will receive $40,000.
This year, the Tel Aviv Marathon will take participants on a stunning 42km route winding its way through the beating heart of the city. Runners start at Rokach Boulevard in front of the Tel Aviv Expo in northern Tel Aviv and then follow the route through many of the city’s most celebrated neighborhoods, including Sarona Market, Rabin Square and Old Jaffa – one of the most ancient port cities of the world. The route also takes runners along the white sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon continues this year to support social and community engagement, and encourages marathon runners to take advantage of their participation to raise funds for charity. This year- Samsung has pledged to match each calorie burnt by the runners with a similar calorie-rich food product it will donate to families in need. The calories will be calculated live on screens throughout the track. For example, if 500,000 calories are burned in total, these will be converted into thousands of food products that together contain 500,000 calories.
The marathon heats:
•Marathon – 42.195 km (kick-off time: 7:00)
•Semi-Marathon- 21 km (kick-off time: 6:15)
•10 km race
•5 km race
•Mini-Marathon for kids– 500m and 1km (Wednesday 20.2, 16:30-19:00 at the Sarona Compound)