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Welcome

DEAD SEA MARATHON ISRAEL
Running on the water at the lowest place in the world
Friday – 5.2.2021 – Ein Bokek, Dead Sea, Israel

Important Notice
In the case of restrictions that prevent the event from taking place, by virtue of government guidelines and orders relating to the covid-19 pandemic – race production will produce a full refund of the registration fee to participants (with a 5NIS commission for handling fee and credit card clearing).

The third edition of an event that has already become a tradition – a one-time running experience at the lowest place in the world, crossing the sea on flat dirt embankments in the desert, with stunning desert landscape alongside professional production and track management values and a well-renowned tradition of excellence.

Five courses for all levels: 50 | 42.2 | 21.1 | 10 km | 5km

” Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage but crossing the finish line is an act of faith. Faith is what keeps us going when nothing else will. Faith is the emotion that will give you victory over your past, the demons in your soul, and all of those voices that tell you what you can and cannot do and can and cannot be.” John Bingham

In this time of uncertainty and great change in the world, we are proud to embark on the registration for the third edition of the Dead Sea Marathon. For us it is an act of faith, which will lead us in hope and chart the path back to a familiar and beloved routine.

We invite you all to meet on the starting line and celebrate together the values of sports and health, in the belief that by then the COVID framework for running will be clear and workable, while maintaining all its rules and guidelines for the safety of runners and their families.

Mr. Nir Wanger, Chairman of the Tamar Regional Council:
“In a time of global pandemic, sports and cultural activities are of equal importance to body and soul especially in combination with a vacation in one of the most exceptional and beautiful places in the world. This creates a wonderful opportunity for athletes and the whole family to experience a unique adventure. Hotels, mall, beaches, hiking trails, nature sites (Masada, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, Nahal Bokek and more) are all waiting for you. Come and enjoy the magic of the Dead Sea Land.”

New registration system
This year the marathon is introducing a new and sophisticated registration system. It is a collaboration built around tens of hours of zoom during the lockdown period together with the French company njuko – the largest racing management company in Europe that handles hundreds of thousands of participants each year. Among the system’s clients: the marathons of Milan (Italy), Salzburg (Austria), Vienna (Austria), Luxembourg, Frankfurt (Germany), Beaujolais (France), Geneva (Switzerland) and many others.

Accommodation packages
We offer runners and their families accommodation packages at attractive prices. The accommodation package has been designed with the needs of the runners first and foremost and includes an early breakfast at five in the morning, a late check-out after the race and more. On Thursday evening we will have a pasta meal and a runners’ meeting at the hotel.

Competition distances:

5 km. – a taste of the unique route, running on the dike and the Ein Bokek promenade.
10 km. – running on the dike out to the sea and returning along the new Dead Sea promenade.
21.1 km Half marathon – a half marathon flat out to the sea, dedicated to Tomer and Giora Ron.
42 km marathon – a flat marathon around the southern Dead Sea basin, sponsored by Veridis Israel.
50 km 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 centre 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.

Professional standards
The Dead Sea Land Marathon is professionally recognized and the standards mark from the World Long Distance Running Association AIMS and the Israeli Athletics Association, and the distance measurement was carried out by a certified surveyor. The marathon also presents a cash prize.

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.

The organizers
Forum Productions, which operates on behalf of the Tamar Regional Council.

Don't look back!

Written by Daniel Keren

Take a good look at this sculpture set in Vancouver. Two runners are depicted here; their expressions reflect a great effort. The runner on the left looks ahead while the one on the right glances back over his shoulder. This sculpture commemorates one of the greatest moments in the history of sport, the decisive moment in the race that was titled “The Mile of the Century“, “Miracle Mile“, and a defining moment in running history.
A race that brought together two runners, Australian John Landy and England’s Roger Bannister, who had achieved what was considered until that year humanly impossible, completing the one mile run in less than four minutes.

It was especially challenging for Landy. He had excellent speed but his strong competitor, Bannister, had a crazy kick, that is, the ability to gain speed rapidly towards the finish line and catch his rivals off-guard. Landy in a tactical decision started at a strong pace keeping his speed up all the way to exhaust Bannister to a point that he would not be able to carry out his famous sprint. Landy led the pack of runners firmly at a dizzying pace speeding towards a new world record.
At the halfway mark, Bannister was still trailing behind in fifth place unsure if he could keep up the mad pace all the way.
With one lap to go, Bannister worked his way up from the back positioning himself just behind Landy where he waited for the right moment. With approximately 90 yards to go, Landy who was concerned about Bannister’s position behind him glanced back to his left. At that very moment, Bannister passed him on the right with his famous sprint, heading to the finish line. They both crossed the finish line in less than four minutes.

Since then, much has been written about that look behind the shoulder, what it conveys as well as its consequences. However, the look behind the shoulder was already discussed thousands of years earlier as depicted through the story of Lot’s wife, which became a canonical historic narrative.
As is known, the evil deeds of the people of Sodom brought God to the decision to kill all the people of the city, except Lot and his family. The Angel of God, who spent the eve of the destruction of Sodom with Lot’s family, instructed them to flee: “…he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” (Genesis 19:17). Lot’s married daughters, on the advice of their husbands, dismissed the imminent threat disregarding all his pleas and Lot fled from the city with his wife and two virgin daughters. In their flight, while God poured fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s wife looked back, against the expressed command, and turned into a pillar of salt.

The gaze of Lot’s wife was given many interpretations: a fearful look that their flight was not fast enough and death would catch up, a curious look at the miraculous spectacle of fire and brimstone falling from the sky, or perhaps a look that expresses sorrow for her daughters who had been left behind.

Looking back may refer to the physical action but at the same time it suggests contemplating what has happened in the past. From looking back we learn where we came from and how we got where we are. It shapes our identity and can help us learn lessons from our experience and, no less importantly, from the experience of others.

In professional competition, looking back is considered taboo. It negatively affects running style, it causes the runner to take his eyes off the destination he is aiming for, and above all, it conveys fatigue and motivates those who identify the weakness to compete stronger than before. Looking back is the shift from running to win to running not to lose.

At the Dead Sea Marathon, as the gaze of Lot’s wife watches us running along the blue water, look ahead, look to the sides, don’t look back.

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2019 Results

Medical Guidelines

Medical Guidelines for Runners

Physical preparation

Before you begin training:
If you have any doubts about your physical ability to begin running, it is advised to consult with your family physician or with a sports physician.

Training:

  • If you have never run long distances before, training with professional trainer is advised.
  • Include exercises in your training program that focus on both the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.
  • Be sure to follow a training program that is based on your personal fitness level to avoid over-training which can increase the risk of injury.
  • It is advised to Set targets (distance and speed) that suit your training and fitness levels.
  • Running the half-marathon is recommended for runners who have participated in at least three 10km races over the past two years.
  • Running the full marathon is recommended only after running at least 2 half-marathon during the previous two years.

Injury or illness during training:

  • Any training session that was canceled due to injury or illness will set the runner back two days in the training program. Please consult with an expert regarding the optimal way to resume training after an illness.
  • Running with an injury that has not completely healed may worsen the injury and even cause irreversible damage.
  • If you suffered from fever, upset stomach or diarrhea during the week before the marathon, do not participate in the marathon.
  • The Ministry of Health recommends that runners be examined by a family or sports physician before running in the race.
  • Ministry guidelines indicate that the examination should include an EKG in order to rule out congenital heart defects.
  • The health statement includes a reference to the runner’s health condition during the week preceding the race.

Nutritional Preparation:

48 hours before the race: 

  • Increase intake of carbohydrates such as pasta, rice, potatoes and bananas
  • Consume a bit more salt that you normally would
  • Refrain from drinking coffee and alcoholic beverages
  • Drink 500 ml of water two hours before the race
  • Slowly consume another 500 ml of water before the race begins
  • Be sure to get enough sleep, especially on the night before the race.

During the race: 

  • Drink water at every station
  • The recommended water consumption rate is 7 ml per kg per hour for men (e.g. a man weighing 70 kg should drink approximately 0.5 liters of water every hour) and 6 ml per kg per hour for women. Drink an additional 100-300 ml of water each hour, according to quantities of sweat and weather conditions
  • On hot days, runners should pour water over their heads and bodies, cool themselves under the sprinklers along the course and increase water intake.
  • Half-marathon and marathon runners should use electrolytes tablets, isotonic drinks or gels during the run in hot days and if you sweat a lot in order to avoid low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia).
  • To estimate the amount of fluids lost while running, weigh yourself before and after training (without clothes that tend to absorb large quantities of sweat). Each kg. less after running is equivalent to 1-1.5 liters of water (but no more than that!).

After the race: 

  • Drink water and eat as needed
  • It is recommended to weigh yourself before and after the race
  • (without clothes that absorb large quantities of sweat), in order to estimate loss of fluids during the race. Every kilogram lost during the race should be replaced with 1-1.5 liters of water (but no more!)

Before and during the race: 

  • Dress according to the weather conditions on the day of the race. Prepare a change if needed after the race.
  • Note important personal information on the back of your number tag including: name, telephone number, important medical information (sensitivity to drugs, conditions such as diabetes and asthma etc.)
  • Runners with diabetes should carry a tag or indication of their condition and carry carbohydrates
  • Runners with asthma should carry a tag or indication of their condition. It is recommended to use an inhaler as necessary
  • Stop running, move to the side and approach a member of the medical team located along the course.

in case any of the following symptoms appear, notify a member of the medical team immediately.: 

Dizziness, Nausea, Weakness, Chest pain, New, unfamiliar pain, Extreme shortness of breath, If you notice that any of the other runners are not feeling well or have collapsed.