Earlier this month, Lior Diklshpan, Israel Fellow to George Washington University Hillel, and nine GW students traveled to Jerusalem to run in the city’s fifth annual marathon on March 13.
Participants needed to raise $3,000 to cover the flight, hotel and marathon registration, with the rest of the funds going to SHALVA – The Association for Mentally & Physically Challenged Children in Israel. They visited the Jerusalem headquarters of SHALVA to see the special needs children their funds are helping. At the marathon, they represented Team SHALVA and raised $27,556 for the charity. Kol HaKavod!
Read more in the Washington Jewish Week and on GW Hillel's Storify.
Learn more about the runners below:
GW Hillel’s beloved Israel Fellow has been working for a year and a half to bring students to the marathon.
As Lior shared, "I'm super excited to begin this journey. This has always been a small dream of mine, to bring students to run in the Jerusalem Marathon. This allows me to bring my love for running, Israel, and my students together, to experience Jerusalem in the best possible way that I know. The fact that we are running to raise money for an organization such as Shalva National Children's Center only adds more to this great experience!”
Julia shares, "I've run almost 200 miles since I started training for the marathon on December 1st, over 60 of which I ran while I was still abroad in London."
GW Hillel’s uGeW Iniative intern Jenna shares, "I am very excited to running with Team Shalva in the Jerusalem Marathon this Spring! Shalva does amazing things for amazing children and adults, and I am so happy and honored to be helping them continue their efforts. I give thanks everyday for the blessings I have received throughout my life, and this is my way of giving back."
"My name is Fernando and I am from College Station, TX. Other than being grateful for the opportunity to help kids out, I am very excited to see Israel as well. I have never been outside across the Atlantic, so this will be a life changing experience for me!"
Hannah shares, "I'm really excited to be running in the Jerusalem marathon! I'm proud to be working to support this important cause, and can't wait to be in Israel!"
In the weeks leading up to the big event, Logan could be seen hitting the streets of DC to prepare for the race. This is Logan’s first marathon in Jerusalem.
Juliette is hitting the course for the second time. Prior to GW, Juliette served in the Israeli Army and ran with the Israel Air Force in last year's marathon.
A world traveler, Eitan shares: "I am proud to run in honor of those children that need our help."
In Jake's words, "I’ve run over 50 miles since starting my training, and I’m so excited to experience Jerusalem and Israel through the lens of the Jerusalem Marathon! It’s going to be tough, but it will be completely worth it! Thank you to GW Hillel and all of our supporters for believing in us and making our trip a reality!"
Driven by hard work and determination to make the trip happen, Roy reminds all that "the early bird catches the worm!"
Team GW Hillel explores Jerusalem after the race.