The Sea of Galilee provides a beautiful backdrop for the Tiberias Marathon. Image courtesy Ministry for the Development of the Negev and Galilee
The city of Tiberias, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the north of Israel hosts a marathon each year. The Tiberias Marathon is the ‘lowest marathon on earth’ at some 200 meters below sea level, and runners travel through the historic streets of Tiberias before heading south along the shores of the Sea of Galilee towards the Jordan River and Kibbutz Ein Gev where runners turn around and head back.
The beautiful scenery and unique setting of the Tiberias Marathon have made it incredibly popular and every year runners from around the world travel to the Galilee to take part. In 2020, the Tiberias Marathon will take place on January 3.
While the marathon might be out of reach for the average visitor to Israel, the week of the marathon is somewhat of a sports festival in the city, and many other activities including hikes and walks, exhibitions, and walking tours will be taking place.