Dead Sea Marathon Israel
Be'er ShevaEin Bokek beach, Israel
Fri 2nd February 2024
Starting at 06:15
£32.00 - £72.00
The highlight of the race is a run towards the sea on the border embankment of the Dead Sea Works that surrounds the southern part of the Dead Sea. Only once a year do the security forces permit use of the dikes for sporting purposes and this gives the runners the opportunity to discover breathtaking views that have so far been observed by employees of the Dead Sea factories or security personnel.
The dike serves as the border area between the Israeli Dead Sea and the Jordanian Dead Sea and serves as a barrier without a fence between the two countries that maintain a common and peaceful daily routine. The route mostly takes place on a dense and flat graveled area and will be secured by the security forces and the army.
- High quality running shirt
- Unique medal for each course
- Free photo gallery straight to your Facebook profile
- Participants kit with a branded draw string goodie bag
The main highlight of the race is running across the sea over the famous gravel dikes amidst the turquoise-colored water with its unique salt formations on either side. These remarkable gravel dikes, stretching 6-8 meters wide, creates an exhilarating and incomparable experience for runners of all courses.
Available distances: 5km Fun Run, 10km Race, Half Marathon (21.1km), Full Marathon (42.4km), and the ultimate test of endurance – The 50km Course, which is Israel’s championship for ultra marathon.
The Dead Sea Marathon offers a course for everyone: beginners, seasoned marathoners, and long-distance runners.
FAST AND FLAT
One of the distinctive features of the Dead Sea Marathon is its flat and fast courses, providing participants with an excellent opportunity to achieve their personal bests. Whether you’re aiming for a new personal record or seeking a beginner-friendly race, the Dead Sea Marathon offers courses with minimal elevation gain, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable running experience.
50KM ULTRA MARATHON CHAMPIOSHIP
The Dead Sea Marathon is proud to host Israel’s championship for the 50km ultra marathon. The ultra marathon championship adds an extra layer of excitement and motivation for both participants and spectators. As runners push themselves to the limit, they inspire all others, and leave a lasting impression on the running community.
5KM – a taste of the unique route, running on the dike and the Ein Bokek promenade.
10KM – running on the dike out to the sea and returning along the new Dead Sea promenade.
21.1KM Half marathon – a half marathon flat out to the sea, dedicated to Tomer and Giora Ron.
42.2KM marathon – a flat marathon around the southern Dead Sea basin.
50KM Ultra marathon – The Israeli championship 50 km distance in cooperation with the Athletics Association.
- Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall winners in the four long allocations
running into the sea
The highlight of the race is a run towards the center of sea on the border embankment of the Dead Sea Works that surrounds the southern part of the Dead Sea. Only once a year do the security forces permit use of the dikes for sporting purposes and this gives the runners the opportunity to discover breathtaking views that have so far been observed by employees of the Dead Sea factories or security personnel.
The embankment serves as the border area between the Israeli Dead Sea and the Jordanian Dead Sea and passes as a fence without a barrier between the countries, which maintains a common and peaceful daily routine between the two sides. The route is mostly on a compacted and flat fine gravel area. The event will be secured by security forces – police and army.
The new Ein Bokek promenade
The beating heart of the event is located on the shores of the Dead Sea, on the new promenade of the hotel complex (Ein Bokek), from where the runners will cross the start line and where they will return to the glorious finish and a fun for all event. The prize giving complex will include an expo – a professional fair with the best sports and lifestyle companies, the running kit distribution area, a recovery area for runners and activities for the whole family.
Ein Gedi Race
The Dead Sea Land Marathon has developed from the foundations of the old Ein Gedi Race, which for over 30 years hosted tens of thousands of runners. The Ein Gedi race was an anchor point in the annual race schedule of amateurs and professionals from all over the country who were addicted to the magical and quiet landscape. As a continuation of the commemoration to that race, at the end of the half marathon, an event will be held in memory of Tomer and Giora Ron, young members of Kibbutz Ein Gedi.
2023 schedule - for reference
On Thursday it’s worth getting to Ein Bokek early, to enjoy a quick dip in the Dead Sea, or in the hotel’s spa. We will be waiting for you from 4pm at the finish area with EXPO with all the best brands, race kit pick-up area, food trucks, dj and more
Towards the evening we will gather in Royal hotel for a runners’ panel (in Hebrew), Pilates training and runners’ briefing in Hebrew and English, after which we will move on to the pasta dinner at the various hotels.
Thursday – February 2, 2023 – EXPO and more at finish area
16:00 – Opening of EXPO – Race kit pick up booth, rich expo with all the brands, massage zone, food trucks, live DJ and more.
17:00 – Lecture at the Royal Hotel – How we turned running from a hobby into a search for the extreme (in Hebrew). In the panel, Moran Michel and Gadi Solomon will interview: Roi Kalmer, Sharona Shalioev Meyer, Pablo Tzuk and Iris Hengal.
18:00 – Training at the Royal Hotel – “Toning up for the race”, Pilates training under the guidance of Mirit Lovton, yoga instructor and senior Pilates trainer. A personal mat is needed.
18:30 – Briefing for runners at the Royal Hotel – Race briefing in Hebrew and English.
19:00 – Dinner – at the various hotels
21:00 – End of the day – closing of the expo and race kit pickup area.
Friday, February 3, 2023 – Race Day
05:00 – Start Area ready with Race Bib Pick-Up and Coffee Shop
06:15 – START Marathon + 50KM
07:15 – START 21KM
07:45 – START 10KM
09:30 – START 5KM
08:00 – Lifestyle and Sports Exhibition Opens at finish area.
11:00 – 12:00 – Trophy ceremony for overall course winners.
*The awarding of trophies to age category winners will take place a week after the race in Tel Aviv.
There may be schedule changes, please re-check for updates prior to the event.
Award ceremony may be held earlier.
2023 transportation - for reference
Race production offer the runners and their family transpiration service to the race and back at especially discounted prices.
All shuttles leave early in the morning on the day of the race and arrive directly at the starting compound, at the end of the event, the shuttles will wait at the finishing compound.
The shuttles depart from the cities: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rishon Lezion.
Groups that are interested in a group transportation solution are invited to contact Yaakov – [email protected]
Book your seat here: https://bit.ly/deadseamarathonsshuttlesEN
Tel Aviv – Departure – Friday 3/2/23
Time: 02:30, Arrive to race: 05:00 (an hour before marathon and 50km races start)
Location: Bechor Shalom Shitrit 6 Tel Aviv (a big free parking lot)
Return Time: 13:00, Arrive to Tel Aviv: 15:00
Location of Bus station in Tel Aviv (Bekhor Shalom Shitrit6)
Jerusalem – Departure – Friday 3/2/23
Time: 03:30, Arrive to race: 05:00
Location: Near Teddy Stadium
Return Time: 13:00, Arrive to Jerusalem: 14:00
Location of Bus station in Jerusalem (Tedi – East Parking)
Rishon Lezion – Departure – Friday 3/2/23
Time: 02:45, Arrive to race: 05:00
Location: Chai Kef parking lot
Return Time: 13:00, Arrive to Rishon Lezion: 15:30
Location of Chai Kef paring lot in Reshon Lezion
Advance online registration is required.
The bus will not wait for late passengers.
Departure from Ein Bokek as soon as all passengers arrive at the bus (even if earlier than estimated time)
The Dead Sea Marathon pacemaker (pace dictators) service is managed by Daniel Keren’s Tel Aviv Runners’ Club. This service is available in all races except the 5K.
10K – 45, 50, 55, 60, 70
21.1K – 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30
42.2K – 03:30, 04:00, 04:15, 04:30, 05:00
50K – 05:30, 06:00
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