Team SHALVA Marathon Director, Fran Cohen and Staff Associate Alivia Sahl were on hand manning Team SHALVA’s Jerusalem Marathon booth at the NYC Marathon Health & Fitness Expo with the hope of signing up runners from among the tens of thousands of registered runners arriving over the next three days to pick up their race bibs and gain valuable pre-race advice.

The booth was a buzz of nonstop activity and the SHALVA Team signed up over 200 potential runners just in the first day!

The highlight was a surprise appearance by a dear friend of SHALVA, Dawn Arnall, who ran in the New York City Marathon. Dawn Arnall and her late husband, Ambassador Rolland Arnall, are dedicating six acres of handicap accessible park which sits adjacent to SHALVA’s New National Children’s Center, scheduled to open in September 2016.

Team SHALVA is a diverse group of runners who travel from all over the world to Israel to participate in the Jerusalem Marathon in support of SHALVA!

More than 150 runners and ten High Schools from across the USA and Canada have already signed up to run with Team SHALVA on March 18th for the Jerusalem International Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K run. For runners who reach their minimum fundraising requirement, SHALVA Corporate Sponsors are underwriting the cost of round trip airfare and three day hotel accommodations and much much more!!!!

Join us at the 2016 Jerusalem Marathon on March 18th. For more information visit or email