Tel Aviv prepares for marathon and big traffic jams (JERUSALEM POST) By BEN HARTMAN 03/30/12)
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Tens of thousands of runners will set out early Friday morning for
the city’s highly-promoted 2012 Gillette Tel Aviv Marathon.
By mid-week city workers began dispersing barriers around the city
which will be used to block off dozens of streets, causing what is
expected to be heavy Friday morning gridlock between the hours of 5
a.m. and 1 p.m.
The runners will have to contend with daylight savings time, which
comes in the night before and is set to wreak havoc on the marathon
times of runners who did not get the memo to set their watches an
hour forward the night before.
The first place runner in the marathon will take home a price of NIS
15,000, followed by NIS 10,000 for second place and NIS 5,000 for
The day’s events will also include a half marathon, a 10km. urban
run, an inline skating marathon and a 30km. hand cycle race for
people with special needs.
The runners will start on Kaufmann Street in south Tel Aviv and will
make their way up Hayarkon Street to Allenby Street where they will
take a right towards Rothschild Boulevard.
Heading left on Rothschild they will then circle the Habimah Theater,
pass the Defense Department headquarters, Azrieli Mall and the Ayalon
freeway, before heading back down Rothschild and Allenby and then
back up Hayarkon all the way to Nordau Boulevard. There they will
take a right and head down Dizengoff Street to Frishman Street and
then left around Rabin Square and north on Ibn Gvirol before skirting
along the Hayarkon river heading east through park Hayarkon to the
eastern reaches of the city.
Then they will backtrack west along Rokach Boulevard and then north
through Ramat Aviv towards Tel Baruch and around Sde Dov Airport
before heading back south through the port to Hayarkon and, finally,
the finish line next to the Charles Clore Garden.
The marathon runners will be cursed profusely by drivers who find the
following streets blocked: Sheetrit Street, Rokach Boulevard, Ibn
Gvirol Street (from Namir Road to Shai Agnon Street), Shai Agnon
Street, Hata’arucha Street, the Tel Aviv Port, Levi Eshkol Boulevard,
Raoul Wallenberg Street, Habarzel Street, Hayarkon Street, Yordei
Hasira Street, Herbert Samuel Promenade, Kaufmann Street, Goldman
Boulevard to Jaffa Clock Square, Ha’aliya Hashnia dock, Yehuda
Margoza Street to Jaffa Port, Allenby Street (from Hayarkon Street to
Rothschild Boulevard), Rothschild Boulevard, Tarsat Boulevard, Ben-
Zion Boulevard, Dizengoff Street, (from Tarsat Boulevard to Ibn
Gvirol Street and from Frishman Street to Nordau Boulevard), Marmorek
Street, Hashmonaim Street, Begin Road and Kaplan Street. (© 1995-
2011, The Jerusalem Post 03/30/12)
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