WHEN ‘DOING GOOD’, THERE IS NO FINISH LINE!
SHALVA runners arrived at the start line at 6:30 a.m. full of energy and excitement, awaiting in anticipation for the7:00 a.m. kick-off. The skies held little promise and, in fact, seemed to grow darker with each passing moment. But motivated by their long months of fundraising and training, runners mustered the required enthusiasm and took off, smiling as they ran across the city known for its beauty and challenging terrain. Along the way, they took in important historical and visually spectacular sites of the city including the Old City, the Sultan's Pool, Mount Zion, the Knesset, German Colony, majestic Rehavia, Ammunition Hill, Sacher Park and Mount Scopus. Pilates instructor Warren Stone from the UK was running for SHALVA in his first Half Marathon and commented, "This was an experience that I will never forget. A group of inspirational positive people, in the most magical city in the world. SHALVA, you made it happen; thank you all”. Warren's enthusiasm echoed the feeling of the entire group of 106 runners who formed Team SHALVA.
Damon Mathias and Emily Beaver from Dallas, Texas running in their first marathon ever, dedicating their efforts to SHALVA’s children with special needs, tackling the grueling full marathon. "There was really good camaraderie among those of us who were among the last to finish," said Emily. "It really helped me when things got difficult."
SHALVA’s children with special needs had
their own special ‘training program’ two days before the race with star players
Corporate Sponsors underwrote the cost of round trip airfare and three day
hotel accommodations at the
It was truly an exciting, fun-filled weekend where valuable friendships were formed. The experience was so powerful, in fact, that many of the runners have already committed to next year’s Team SHALVA at the 3rd Annual International Jerusalem Marathon. Promising to bring along their running-friends and family members, Team SHALVA staff is wasting no time in preparing for a bigger and even better showing along the streets of Jerusalem on March 1, 2013!
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further information about SHALVA-The Association for Mentally & Physically
Challenged Children in Israel (www.shalva.org)
or Team SHALVA (www.run4shalva.org),