ARAD MASADA Half Marathon


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20 hours of a desert experience, 20 hours of an amazing empowering event

It begins sundown. We’ll meet at Hanokdim village which is located in the valley between Arad and Masada, an desert oasis with palms, camels and Bedouin tents. We’ll enjoy a desert dinner (extra charge), listen to a lecture on a trail running, together with tea and coffee just like in the desert, we’ll gather around the campfire and sing together (prepare your vocal cords), and finally go to sleep on a mattress in a Bedouin encampment.

The race includes 2 heats: a 21.1km half marathon, and an 11km route (named after Omer Rabinovich, a son of the city Arad who fell during Operation Cast Lead)

The route will begin at “Mitspor masada” in Arad and pass on the road leading to Masada.

We’ll run in the desert darkness as the moon shines from above. Without electric poles, without passing cars, only desert tranquility, a connection to nature, to ourselves and to our personal challenge. On the other hand, running at night brings people closer together and it seems that competition is gone and everyone has one goal – to enjoy as much as possible on the way to the sunrise at Masada. The route to the finish line fills everyone with supreme energy.

When the sun casts its first rays on the mountains of Moab, the runners will cross the finish line at the foot of Masada, and receive a glass of champagne. This is the time to savor an amazing and breathtaking view of the most beautiful sunrise in Israel, to feel the connection between music and nature at a dance party that will conclude this intoxicating race.

Year 5
Runners 2,500
Record women 1:26:00
Record men 1:13:31