On Sunday 26 April, around 30,000 runners took to the streets of London to run what its co-founder once called, ‘the world’s most human race’. In 1980, one year prior to its birth, six aims were outlined for the London Marathon.
These included showing mankind that, on occasions, they can be united; to raise money for sporting and recreational facilities; to help boost London’s tourism; and to have fun and provide some happiness and sense of achievement in a troubled world.
This agenda is fitting for most countries, and most cities.
For Palestine—to do any of those things would be useful. But in Palestine, they run to tell a different story.
Just four weeks prior to the big marathon weekend (London, Madrid, Hamburg and Siracusa are all holding races), a lesser-known event took place in Bethlehem in the occupied Palestinian territories. While not achieving international notoriety, it saw thousands of runners flock there to participate in this meaningful event, and I went to witness it.