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Run Palestine 2023
Saturday 4th March to Saturday 11th March including the Palestine Marathon in Bethlehem on Friday 10th March
Thank you for your interest in joining this trip. Please read all the information below carefully.
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The Booking Process
Please follow these steps to confirm your place:
1. Fully complete and submit the trip booking form:
2. Once you have submitted your booking form, you will receive an email from us confirming we have your information. This email will include two links:
If you do not receive this email soon after completing the trip booking form, please check your email spam/junk folder.
3. Once you have completed your booking form, paid your deposit, and filled in the Code of Conduct form, we will automatically add you to the list of trip participants.
4. We will send you an invoice for your balance of payment for the trip, which will take into account if you have requested a single room, and any variance from the standard trip itinerary, that we have agreed with you.
5. We may contact you for further clarification in response to the information you give on your booking form.
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The Palestine Marathon first took place in 2013 and has grown into a wonderful community event. Amos has taken a team of runners to take part every year.
The Palestine Olympic Committee (POC) has organised the Marathon in Bethlehem.
Why run in Bethlehem?
Amos Trust has been taking people to Palestine for more than 20 years, and we have fantastic local partner organisations and friends in and around Bethlehem we would love you to meet. We also love to run! So we are fully supportive of the aims of the Palestine Marathon.
In 2017, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) approved the Palestine Marathon as an international marathon. In 2018, it was recognised by the Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). Its route extends over 42.195 kilometres and offers runners different outlooks on Palestinian everyday life.
Its course includes a few steep hills and sections that allow fast running while leading through unique scenery, unlike any other marathon. Starting at the Church of the Nativity, in the centre of Bethlehem’sBethlehem’s Old City, the route takes runners through the town, two refugee camps (Aida and Dheisheh), and along the Apartheid Wall. Because its distance does not cover the required 42 kilometres, runners run two loops to complete a full marathon according to international standards.
The Palestine Marathon evolved rapidly. The total number of participants has increased in seven years from 400 to over 8,000. In addition, the percentage of female runners has increased from 37 per cent to almost 50 per cent (which is significant because the denial of free movement is a feature of gender inequality in Palestinian society and hinders efforts to ensure respect for women’s rights). The number of foreign runners has increased from 220 to 1,700, helping Palestinian efforts to tell their story and raise international awareness of their situation.
The Marathon cannot help but show how the Israeli occupation prevents Palestinian freedom of movement, a universally recognised human right. According to Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all people should be able to move around and reside anywhere within their country.
By running the Marathon, each participant asserts this right and highlights that the freedom of movement of Palestinian women, men, girls, and boys continues to be severely restricted under Israel’sIsrael’s prolonged military occupation.
The route and fitness
If you have run a marathon before and are looking for something quite challenging, the Bethlehem Marathon is the one for you. However, we would encourage those who have not run a marathon before to consider doing the half marathon or the 10km rather than the full as the route and conditions are not very ‘first-timer friendly’. Please indicate which distance you want to run on the online application form.
The course is 21.0975 km long (the classic half marathon), which is why the runners doing the full Marathon will run two loops. The route will take you through different views of Palestinian everyday life. The route is a technical course with a few steep hills and some fast sections in scenery like no other marathon.
The race starts in Manger Square, at the Church of Nativity in the centre of the old city of Bethlehem. After that, you will run through Bethlehem, through Al Aida refugee camp and along the Separation Wall, separating Palestinians from their land and each other and preventing the fundamental human right to freedom of movement.
The loop route means you run the same stretch four times, which can be psychologically challenging. In some places, the roads are dusty and stony rather than smooth tarmac. Water stations and toilets will be staffed along the way by encouraging local Scouts.
We are looking for those with a good fitness level and would recommend getting training support from a running club or trainer to prepare.
What should I wear for the run?
Bethlehem is a mixed-religious city, and all runners should do their best to respect local customs and norms. Men should wear shorts and a t-shirt or tank top. We suggest running leggings (maybe a pair of shorts on top) or loose pants below the knee for female runners. Wear a loose top — preferably with sleeves. Please note that Amos Trust will provide both men and women with a technical running T-Shirt.
What about the weather?
Spring in Palestine is changeable. Past marathons have taken place in a rainy 12 degrees to a sunny 30-degree scorcher. So basically, you need to be prepared for anything, although we’re pretty sure it won’t snow!
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Whilst the trip is centred around participation in the Marathon, you will also have the opportunity in the few days before the run to explore Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and the surrounding areas.
You will have the chance to see the situation on the ground and learn directly from those who live in situations of occupation and injustice every day. But, more importantly, you will have the chance to meet and talk to some of our inspirational local partner organisations and friends and hear about their extraordinary work in creative resistance, advocacy, reconciliation, justice and peace-making.
How much does the trip cost?
£700 per person
What is included in the price?
What is not included in the price?
Your flight. You need to book your own.
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What are the recommended flights?
Saturday 4th March 2023 on EasyJet flight EZY2085, which departs Luton at 11:40 and arrives in Tel Aviv at 18:40.
Saturday 11th March 2023 on EasyJet flight EZY2086, which departs Tel Aviv at 19:35 and arrives in Luton at 23:10.
All times are local.
What if I don’t want to join the recommended flights?
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You will need to organise your travel insurance and send us your policy details before you travel. We advise that standard off-the-shelf packages for travel insurance are fine, e.g. from your bank or the Post Office.
You will need to check if it covers ‘the Occupied Palestinian Territories’ but can mention that we will not be travelling outside the main tourist destinations.
Will I need to fundraise?
Yes, please. We ask all team members to use the Marathon as an opportunity to raise vital funds for our work in the West Bank and Gaza. You can read more about this incredible work here. We ask that you do your best to raise £1000 or more through sponsorship and/or local events.
Amos Trust’s fundraising team will be on hand to help you every step of the way. Contact email@example.com if you would like to chat about this before committing. Otherwise, our fundraising team will be in touch as soon as you sign up to take part to assist you.
Can I have a single room?
Yes, at an additional cost of £150 to cover the single supplement charged by the accommodation providers. We will add this cost to your balance invoice if you choose a single room on your booking form.
Do I need a visa?
Do I need any vaccinations?
Why do you ask what stamps I have in my passport?
What will the accommodation be like?
Will there be WiFi?
WiFi will (hopefully) be available in the accommodation.
Mobile phone usage
What will the food be like?
Plentiful and delicious! Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for. We recommend you bring whatever energy gels or high-carb snacks you use when running with you from the UK.
Can I drink the water?
What currency do I need to bring? And how much?
Will it be safe?
Are there cultural norms or expectations I should be aware of?
Shall I bring gifts?
Please do not bring gifts. This is because it isn’t fair if some get and some don’t. We’ve seen gifts given to some, but not all, can provoke bullying among children.
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Climate Justice and flights
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Consent for photography/filming
Amos Trust is a creative organisation, and we love telling stories. One of the ways we do this is through photography and film. There may be a designated Amos photographer and/or filmmaker on your trip to help us ‘tell the story’ so that we can share it with other Amos supporters and new audiences.
We do this across Amos’ print and digital media, including print publications, websites, e-marketing, posters, banners, advertising, film, and social media channels.
By confirming that you have read and understood the Essential Information for this trip:
If you feel uncomfortable being photographed or filmed while on your trip, please inform the photographer and/or filmmaker, and they will happily stop photographing/filming you. If you prefer, ask your trip leader to ask the photographer and/or filmmaker on your behalf.
You can ask Amos Trust to stop using any images you appear in at any time, in which case they will not be used in future publications but may continue appearing in publications already in circulation.
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The due dates for making payments for the trip are as follows:
A deposit of £300 per-person payment is due on receipt of an email confirming your place (your confirmation will include a link to make this payment).
We will send you an invoice for the balance due, including a single supplement if you have selected that option. All balances must be paid by 31 January 2023.
Your invoice will include a link to make online payments using a credit or debit card or your PayPal account if you have one. The invoice will also have our bank details if you prefer to make a bank payment directly from your account.
You can also pay by cheque (payable to ‘Amos Trust’) and posted to: Amos Trust, St Clement’s, 1 St Clement’s Court, London EC4N 7HB
You can also phone the office on 0207 5882638 during working hours to make a payment over the phone with a credit or debit card.
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Cancellation by Amos Trust
If Amos Trust cancels the trip, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid by team members.
Cancellation by the participant
If you need to cancel your trip place trip after your place has been confirmed, please let us know as soon as possible. Amos Trust will refund all money you have paid, less any costs incurred that cannot be reclaimed, for which we will give you a breakdown.
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