The annual Golani Run for Israel began on Sunday at Mount Hermon at the northernmost tip of Israel and continues until Thursday to Eilat, the southernmost point in the Jewish State. Hundreds of soldiers are taking part in the event which includes community service in over 50 cities.
This year’s run focuses on youth movements, which often encourage participants towards important service in the IDF. Golani Colonel Avi Peled started off the race Sunday, and on Monday he will visit soldier Nariya Biderman who was severely wounded during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.
During the race, soldiers will visit children at Sheba Hospital in the Tel Hashomer medical complex and the Schneider Medical Center in Petach Tikva as well as join students from Sderot in a joint run.
“In contrast to other countries' armies, the IDF is the army of the people,” Private Ariel Gulai said during a hospital visit. “There is a central connection between the IDF and the people.”
Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav blessed the race participants as they reached his coastal city. “We embrace you with all our hearts and love the idea, the implementation and the message that you bring to the entire country – how important it is to serve in the IDF,” he said.