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      Mayor of Jerusalem Takes Journalists for a High Ride

      Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat holds press conference ...in the air.
      By Elad Benari and Yoni Kempinski
      First Publish: 3/15/2011, 1:17 AM / Last Update: 3/15/2011, 5:11 AM

      In advance of the Jerusalem Marathon which is scheduled to take place on March 25, Mayor Nir Barkat hosted international media representatives on Monday for a special press conference which was held in the air and provided a magnificent view of the marathon's route and of the city in general.

      “The view of our city from the air offers a perspective unlike any other and will allow journalists to best appreciate what will make this particular athletic event stand out for our city, our country and running in general,” Mayor Barkat said.

      The press conference was hosted on a platform specially produced by the Dinner in the Sky company. During the press conference, the mayor, himself an avid marathon runner, introduced the variety of events that the municipality will be hosting as part of Jerusalem’s first ever international marathon. To date, close to 5,000 people have registered for the event, including over 1,000 participants from around the world.

      The Jerusalem Marathon will be run throughout the capital city and will travel past many of the city’s most renowned sites and attractions including the Knesset, the Old City’s historic walls, Sultan’s Pool, Mount Zion, the German Colony, the Jerusalem Promenade, the Mount of Olives, and many others. Aside from the full (42km) marathon, there are also half marathon, 10km and 5km course options for runners.


       

      Photos above by: Flash 90