Running in the Palestine Marathon

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Ultra Runner Girl

Let me start this race report by saying that I hate marathons. Running on road for 42km without the ability to just pee wherever I want like I can on trail…? Sounds like torture. But the Palestine Marathon was different. Running this marathon had a purpose and I wanted to be a part of it.

The Palestine Marathon is organized by non-profit organization, Right to Movement (RTM), to promote the basic human right to freedom of movement as stipulated under Article 13 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The RTM is a global community of runners who “run to tell a different story”.

The marathon takes places in Bethlehem starting and ending at the Church of the Nativity. Due to the presence of the 8-meter concrete Israeli separation wall, checkpoints and road blocks, it is impossible for the organizers to find 42 km for a full course, so runners are…

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