The Golan Heights has been characterized by extensive volcanic activity over the past 5 million years. As a result, the Golan is covered with a layer of basalt and the volcanoes that were active until 100,000 years ago are now considered dormant. Hopefully this will continue to be the case in the future.
The Golan Heights is part of a huge volcanic ridge. Its northern border is Mount Hermon and to the south the Yarmuk River. Within the ridge, a challenging race will be held in which dormant craters, fascinating natural phenomena and spectacular landscape views, orchards, vineyards, advanced agriculture alongside historic sites and landmarks, turbine farms, reservoirs, animals and spectacular landscapes all provide a breathtaking experience.
WHEN: Friday, April 8th, 2022, starting at 7:00 am
The 32 km track will pass through five peaks in a cumulative climb of c. 1000 m that the runners will have to overcome. Alongside the full route, there is an equally challenging 14 km route, that will also take the runners on an extreme journey. Additionally, for the first time this year, a challenging climbing while walking track was added, also 14km in length, through the wild and beautiful landscapes of the blooming Golan, named after the late Major Hagai Ben-Ari. Lastly, there is a popular 3.5 km track for families and children named after Erez Lebanon.
The headquarters of the Volcano Race, is Kibbutz Merom Golan, the first Israeli settlement established in the Golan Heights after the Six Day War (1976), overlooking the Bental reservoir, an amazing observation point. The race will start and end at the same complex in the Kibbutz.
The Golan Volcano Race partners include: Israel Marathon, the Golan Regional Council, Merom Golan Tourism, Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Merkaz Hapoel, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Analyte, Mey Eden and the Golan Heights Winery.
Registration and full details may be found on the Israel Marathon website.
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