My #1 full barefoot marathon on the tough course of the Bible Marathon! By Lior Ravid ***** Bible Marathon 2017 ***** a little bit of History... “Then a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his clothes torn…” One of the first runs recorded in human history is mentioned in the Bible, in the beginning of the book of Samuel. At the end of the war between the Israelites and the Philistines, the “man of Benjamin” runs from the battlefield at Eben Ezer (modern day Rosh Ha’ayin) to Shiloh, city of the Tabernacle. Many centuries later, the founder of the Maccabiah games, Yosef Yekutieli, set out to measure the length of the course from Rosh Ha’ayin to Shiloh, in the Benjamin region. He was amazed to find that the length of this historic path precisely matched that of the modern marathon – 42 kilometers (the official length of the Olympic running contest, determined in 1908 at the London Olympics). Bible marathon- running history! on its first edition at the year 2015, i ran my first 15K Barefoot and later on at 2016 i gathered a group of minimalist and barefoot runners in a project to run the half marathon distance the way our ancestors did and also to raise awareness to the healthy natural running. This year, 2017, on the 6th of October i decided to go back, take the challenge and complete my first, full barefoot marathon! The Bible Marathon is a well organized P2P race which requires lot of logistics such as transportation etc. It runs through a gorgeous landscape and beautiful views and it is a very tough paved course incorporating over 1000 meter of ascents. Not a trivial race for novices. My pre race training included barefoot runs up to a distance of 30K and not much of hill sessions, so i wasn't prepared as i wished. I even started the race with a stretched calf muscle, that kept me from 'kicking' hard. After 20K into the race i stepped on small piece of glass and had to stop for 2 minutes for taking it out and continue... Overall i had a great experience and i finished in 5 hours. What amazed me was the fact that my feet felt great throughout the entire race and they recover pretty fast after.