DEAD SEA MARATHON ISRAEL
Running on the water at the lowest place in the world
Friday – 3.2.2023 – Ein Bokek, Dead Sea, Israel
The fourth 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: 50KM | 42.2KM | 21.1KM | 10KM | 5KM
Mr. Nir Wanger, Chairman of the Tamar Regional Council
“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.”
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.
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.
Forum Productions, which operates on behalf of the Tamar Regional Council.