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a photo documentary from palestine marathon 2013


Winning is not really my goal even though i’m going to do my best to win ahmad taha participant in palestine marathon 2013


Name ahmad taha Age 19 Home town ramallah

Favourite running distance 12k distance at Palestine Marathon marathon palestine marathon it’s really amazing that this country has a marathon now, and im really happy that i was part of it, because at that day we made history the meaning of running i started running at the age of 16 to get fit and in time i’ve fallen in love with this sport. it became a part of my daily routine and everybody in my town knows me as the crazy guy who runs all the time wheather it was burning hot or snowing Why do you run to see what im made of how do you run i usually run 5 times a week, 4 short from 4k-10k and one long run 10k-32k, i usu-

ally run by myself because nobody around me likes to run. i run between ramallah and birzeit. your dream my dream is to go pro as triathlete and participate in the world championship in kona, hawaii. winning is not really my goal. even though im going to do my best to win , i want to test my limits and once again see what im made of. triathlon is the ultimate test of human endurance your dream race boston marathon If you could run as long as you wanted where would it be i would choose the states, actually one of my dreams is to run across the us from coast to coast because it’s one of the most culturally diversified countries in the world. i’m sure that i would see something new every mile i run


Name lina abughayada Age 21 Home town bethlehem

Favourite running distance i love to run as far as my feet take me

the meaning of running running is an act of being alive. of having emotions. of sensing my humanity, my body, my right of do what i want and i love. it is a meaning of youth

points. they used to shoot people every day with gas bombs. my older sister was with me and she told me “ lina, the moment they shoot any bomb, you run as fast as you can!”. minutes later they did shoot a gas bomb and i ran as i never ran before. i closed my eyes and ran. when i stopped i opened my eyes and found myself alone. i looked back and everyone was left behind me. i smiled and i can’t remember if i reached school or not.

Why do you run to challenge myself and to have the right of moving in every street in my land. i can’t do the latter

your dream my dream is to walk slowly in roads and streets of jaffa, haifa and acre and in occupied palestine when it is free palestine!

how do you run i like to run with my sister or friend. i like to run fast. my sisters, cousins and i run in nature in the summer time. we race each other and i use to compete with them.

If you could run as long as you wanted where would it be i like to run outside palestine. my parents especially my father would be so proud of me. he always encourages me for running.

distance at Palestine Marathon 2013 10K

favourite run i remember a story from when i was about 10 years old when i wasn’t able to reach my school because of israeli soldiers at the check-


i run because it makes me happy i run to make friends i run for peace and love around the world fadi husein awisat participant in palestine marathon 2013


Name fadi husein awisat Age 23 Home town jerusalem

Favourite running distance 10k distance at Palestine Marathon 2013 10k Palestine marathon i am very proud of the fact that palestine organized a marathon for the first time on its territory and it will be every year from now the meaning of running running is beneficial to the body and mind which brings people together. it makes me happy Why do you run i run to make myself happy and to make friends. i run for peace and love around the world

how do you run i started running at a young age in school in the Palestinian team. i’m a swimmer and i practice running every day with my team mates in jerusalem. i like to run fast. i joined the team in bethlehem every week to participate in the marathon and i continued training after that your dream my dream is to see a big number of runners from around the world come to participate in the palestine marathon 2014 If you could run as long as you wanted where would it be i want the right to movement, unhindered participation and to talk about the occupation. i also would like to run halfmarathon in copenhagen


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It is important that we in palestine start having the same events that happens worldwide in order to strengthen our existence dana bannoura participant in palestine marathon 2013


Name dana bannoura Age 24 Home town beit sahour

Favourite running distance 7k distance at Palestine Marathon 2013 10k Palestine marathon is an amazing opportunity for athletes and non-athletes like our group to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime event. It is also important that we in palestine start having the same events that happen worldwide in order to strengthen our existence the meaning of running it is fun, healthy, and makes me feel strong and in control of my body Why do you run to prove to myself that I can how do you run i run with the group in al-makhrour in beit jala. usually i keep the same pace with someone and we talk a little. i run quite slowly

favourite run the 10k run was amazing, i was so happy while running and felt so happy when I finished. i still had energy!! and started dancing with the girls! also, one week before the marathon, we went for a run exactly on the same course as the marathon at 6 am in the morning, the weather was very good in the beginning then it started raining but it felt good, and it actually trained us for the marathon’s weather dream race well, i am not sure, but I would really like it if we in palestine could have more places prepared for people to run If you could run as long as you wanted where would it be anywhere in the world would be great. just the fact that i would go anywhere in the world to participate in a run would be amazing


My dream run would be along the sea starting from Gaza

Jacky arlaja participant in palestine marathon 2013


Name jacky alarja Age 24 Home town beit jala / bethlehem

Favourite running distance any distance really, i love running! distance you ran at Palestine Marathon 2013 half marathon Why do you run i run as part of my life style, i run because i feel great after a run ,it puts me in a good mood, i feel relaxed, happy and calm. it also helps me forget about everything going on in my life and focus on just running and looking ahead how do you run i used to run at my local gym. when we i made the group on Facebook for the training for the marathon, i loved the idea of running outside with a group of interesting people from all walks of life. i run 3-4 times a week, every saturday with the group and twice a week with a friend or my sister. and if the weather is not good, i run at my gym. i like to run outside, i am not a fast runner, but to me it doesn’t matter a run is a run. i am working on my speed

favourite run my favorite run is a run that includes my lovely running group, good weather and good music your dream my dream is to run a full marathon one day and to run other marathons around the world dream race my dream course would be along the sea starting from gaza If you could run as long as you wanted where would it be i would love to run along a beach, i have never done it, but i image it would be just amazing to run in the early morning or at sunset with the waves next to you and the birds flying above you


checkpoint, bethlehem


separation wall, bethlehem



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