The Sea to Jerusalem Relay Race And Ultra Race 2014

The Sea to Jerusalem races combine two great races, the Ultra and the Relay Race from the Sea to Jerusalem; challenging cross country races held on the KKL footpath connecting Tel-Aviv with Jerusalem. Each year the course will change direction, on April 24th and 25th 2014 we will run the races from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

The course length for the Relay Race Jerusalem to the Sea is 144km, divided into 16 legs with no leg longer than 11km, and is offered to teams of 4, 6, or 8 people

The course on Google Earth and GPX files for download – GPX-click here | KMZ-click here

3 Ultra race

144km Ultra starting from Jaffa Port in Tel Aviv and finishing in the center of Jerusalem at the Old Train Station (Mithcham Hatachana Harishona). The first start time for the slower runners of 144km will be at 13:00 on Thursday the 24 April (faster runners will start later). Runners will run throughout the night and early morning passing through 15 aid stations where they will receive water, isotone and food. They will arrive at the finish around midday in Jerusalem having completed a journey from the sea shore, through the flat lands and orange groves of the Yarkon river area, through the gently rolling hills of the center of the country and ending with the steep climbs of Jerusalem. Cut off time is 14:00 Friday 25 April.

70km Ultra starting from Ishparo Center Moddiin, and finishing in the center of Jerusalem at the Old Train Station (Mithcham Hatachana Harishona). The start for this race for all runners, is at 02:00 in the dead of night. Runners will run with flashlights through the foothills of Derech Burma and then up the tough climbs towards Tzuba, Sataf and Jerusalem. Runners will pass through 7 aid stations where they will receive water, isotone and food. They will arrive at the finish around midday in Jerusalem. Cut off time is 14:00 Friday 25 April.

54km Ultra starting at 19:00 in Jaffa Port in Tel Aviv and finishing at the industrial area of Shoham (Ezor Taasiya Hevel Modiin) at the Teva Factory. This ultra is a fast flat Ultra Marathon. The weather will be cool at night and the path is simple and fast apart from 2 water crossings. Runners will pass through 5 aid stations where they will receive water, isotone and food. Cut off time is 06:30 Friday 25 April.

* Race number and chip.
* Headlamp or torch and spare batteries.
* Red blinky light on back of headlamp or bag.
* Water and food and whatever else each runner needs between checkpoints.
* Water bottle or water bladder.
* List of emergency numbers of organizers
* Cell phone for emergencies.

Ultra runners running 144 km will be allowed to leave a drop bag which they will deposit with the organizers no later than one hour before the start of the Ultra on the afternoon of 24 April. This bag will be waiting for you at the 70km point at the Ishparo Modiin station, and then will be delivered to you at the finish.

Ultra runners going through registration points will be given priority over relay runners and will not have to wait if there is congestion at the registration points near the end of the race.

Full support will be available for all Ultra runners. Water, isotonic drinks and a variety of food will be available at every station. However if you wish to meet friends or family along the course, this will be possible only for the first half of the course, for the first 7 stations. After this point no cars will be allowed into the stations unless they have the stickers for the Relay Race. This it to avoid congestion at the later stations in the race. Ultra runners who have outside help along the second part of the course will be disqualified.

Full details of the course can be seen on this site, we will be running from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on a course based on the course of KKL Tel Aviv to Jerusalem path. Next year we will be running the course in the opposite direction! From Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

This run is a “green” run and we will try and limit our impact on nature as much as is possible. Runners must provide their own cups and containers for water and isotonic drinks. We will use tap water dispensed in large plastic containers as much as possible. Unfortunately in previous years there was still a lot of junk left on the trails, mostly gel packets, we must try and eliminate this in future.

The weather at this time of year is very varied. It can be hot, the hottest recorded temperature in this area at this time is 28 C! However it is more likely to be cooler and may even rain. Runners should be prepared for all eventualities. The nights in the foothills of Jerusalem are considerably cooler than in Tel Aviv. The race takes part in all weather.

The course will be well marked both during the day and at night there is no need for navigation. However we have provided GPX files for the whole course and can be downloaded onto any GPS device including smart phones.

Runners are expected to be independent and carry drink, food, and any other equipment they deem necessary during each of the race sections. Runners will be able to restock at the stations along the course, food and water and also various food, energy bars, and energy drinks, supplied by the organizers. No section is longer than 11km.

This race is point to point starting in Tel Aviv and finishing in Jerusalem. There will be no organized transport to the start point or from the finish. However there is plenty of public transport and the race finishes at lunchtime on Friday in Jerusalem with plenty of time to catch public transport to any destination.

CATEGORIES AND PRIZES

144km – Men up to 39, Men 40 and over, Women up to 39, Women 40 and over

70km – Men up to 39, Men 40 and over, Women up to 39, Women 40 and over

54km – Men up to 39, Men 40 and over, Women up to 39, Women 40 and over

* Prizes are conditional on at least 6 people in each age category, if there are less participants there will not be separate prizes for under 39 and over 40.

** Age is calculated according to year of your birth and not actual age on day of race.

Every runner of the Ultra is a winner, time is of critical importance to some runners, but most runners wish to finish the course with a smile. We will have photographers along the course, but especially at the finish! Keep smiling and good luck.

Jerusalem to the Sea Relay Race

Registration is open for groups of 4, 6 or 8 people . All team members must cross the finish line together.

Runners run in a predetermined order with the rest of their group driving between points, meeting their runners at predetermined stops along the way. The course is all on trails with cars driving on tarmac roads on a predetermined course. Relay runners are expected to be independent along the way and provide their own food and drink and transportation. Changeover of runners takes place at the stations in front of the marshals table. Any group who does not register at every station for the changeover of their runners will be disqualified.

The weather at this time of year is very varied. It can be hot; the hottest recorded temperature in this area at this time is 28 C! However it is more likely to be cooler and may even rain. Runners should be prepared for all eventualities. The nights in the foothills of Jerusalem are considerably cooler than in Tel Aviv. The race takes part in all weather.

The course will be well marked both during the day and at night there is no need for navigation. However we have provided GPX files for the whole course and can be downloaded onto any GPS device including smart phones.

There will be emergency crews at each station to help out in case of emergency, but runners are expected and encouraged to take responsibility for their own welfare.

These races are “green” and we are working to keep our impact on the surrounding nature to as little as possible. There will be no littering on the course; offenders are liable to be withdrawn from the race. There will be no plastic bottles or cups provided by the race organizers. Tap water will be provided and we ask participants to bring their own multi use bottles and cups.

CATEGORIES AND PRIZES

Group of 4 runners, men, women and mixed teams

Group of 6 runners, men, women and mixed teams

Group of 8 runners, men, women and mixed teams

* Prizes are conditional on at least 6 people in each age category, if there are less participants there will not be separate prizes for under 39 and over 40

** Age is calculated according to year of your birth and not actual age on day of race.

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Menu for Ultra Runners

Sliced White bread

Peanut butter

honey

bananas

salty pretzels

GU gels

GU Isotonic drink

water

Coca Cola at the last 3 stations

Station no. 4. Hot soup from the running club Endure

Station no. 8. Something special from the running club MARTA

Station no. 11. Druze Pita from the specialised running shop Time Trial.