Friday, March 1, 2013

The Unexpected Jerusalem Marathon 2013

Photo: Lesley Prais
Obviously the Jerusalem marathon was expected. DD had no kindergarten, the roads were closed, it was all over the papers and fb, friends had been training for months. But we weren't even going to go. Well we had planned to go to the end of the road to see them running past but we got up later than expected. The route comes down Yehuda Street and crosses Bethlehem Way at the end of our road. The paper said they'd be there between about 9am and 9.30. So we were going to mosey over and take a look.

However, no kindergarten means no alarm clock and no reason to move ourselves with any urgency. We eventually left the house at 9.45 and decided to go shopping. I even had my shopping trolley with me and it hadn't even occurred to me to bring the camera (I so need a smart phone). 

Then we heard the music. So of course we followed the music, just to see if there was anything left to see. I now realize that the 9 to 9.30 prediction was for the professional athletes who come in from all over the world (and Guy Gordon). We missed them but our experience was even better. 

First we saw Dafna and Didi Melchior running with their son Dvir. Then Eliot Sacks. Then Martin Sykes. I realized that we'd arrived at exactly the right time to see all my 30/40/50-something friends who were running either the whole, the half marathon, or the 10k. Sorry we didn't see you David Graniewitz, Yael Zisquit-Gabbai, Robin Zalben, and the Behrmans - next year. 

Photo: Nadia M Levene
The music blared, there were clowns juggling, the neighbourhood was out cheering. DD put out her hand for [low] fives (kiff in Hebrew) with the runners as they went by. We chatted with friends, danced, clapped... I had to ask a friend to take a couple of photos for the blog and email them to me - thanks Lesley Prais. Then Nadia Levine said I could take photos from her wall. So thanks Nadia too. 

Over an hour later we went shopping. I couldn't drag DD away - "just one more kiff mummy". I didn't know it was such fun to watch - I mean it's just running after all. Next year we'll take sandwiches and a thermos :).

14 comments:

  1. always, be prepared for the unexpected... that's what being a mum is all about!!
    Glad you had a great time :-)

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  2. I know - I usually avoid anything to do with sport, especially athletics.

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  3. Sounds like a fun morning. I look forward to reading about next year's event. And seeing your photos. From your new smart phone ;-)

    xx Jazzy

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  4. Sounds fun. I'm usually the one running, but I love it that kids are there to high five and to cheer. It really gives you a boost and puts a smile on your face.

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    1. I had a smile on my face the whole time. I was fully expecting to be bored - who knew?

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  5. How lovely and what a shame you didn't have your camera with you! I recently succumbed and went over to a smart phone (bit of a steep learning curve!), mainly to always have a camera on me. Don't use the phone much!

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    1. I know, I would have loved to have taken a photo of DD 'kiffing' the runners.

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    1. It was, thanks. And all the better for being so unexpected.

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  7. I much prefer being a spectator in these kinds of things! :)

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  8. That runner in the photo, the one in the light blue head scarf is me! A friend who has begun training for the 2014 Marathon just found this article and emailed it to me. Just so you know, all those "low 5's" we received along the way were very encouraging!! That was my 1st marathon and the spirit amongst the locals in the neighborhoods was infectious! I live in NYC and when its marathon time, we all groan over the inconvenience of the road closures. I did not get that feeling from the observers and well wishers along the way. The cheering and shouts of "kol HaKavod" propelled me to push harder. Thank you Israel for making this an amazing experience!

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    1. What a lovely comment and thanks for getting in touch. Hope to see you again - we'll look out for the blue head scarf next year.

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