Ein Gedi race

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The Ein Gedi race, also known as the Shalom Marathon – Dead Sea Half Marathon is a popular road running event over several distances that has been held by the Tamar Regional Council since 1983. The starting point for all races is the Ein Gedi Spa, 80 kilometers (50 mi) east of Jerusalem and 4 kilometers south of Kibbutz Ein Gedi.[1][2] It is considered to be the "lowest race on earth".[3]


In 1997, it was held in memory of Giora and Tomer Ron. It was won by Kenya's Bernard Boiya, with Morocco's Chaham el Matti coming in second.[4]

In 1999, the Palestinian Authority flag flew at the race as a symbol of peace and brotherhood.[5]

As of 2004, handcycling has grown in popularity at the race.[6]

In 2010, 3 runners were airlifted to hospitals after suffering heatstroke while running.[7][8]