At the beginning of this month, my husband and I had the pleasure of being in Tel Aviv when unexpectedly, we ran into this busy event around Rabin Square:
From afar, we saw a sea of yellow t-shirts and heard pounding music from blocks away. Little did we know we were encroaching upon the soon-to-begin Tel Aviv Nike Night Run. This event is representative of the type of crazy activity that is the norm in Tel Aviv, the New York City of Israel so to say. Somewhere between 7-8 p.m., we saw the party getting started with a host of DJs and decorative stretching activity going on:
It seemed that the entire city of Tel Aviv had crowded into Rabin Square in celebration of this annual run, which has been a tradition only for the past few years in the beginning of November. Had I known, I surely would've brought my running shoes and taken part in the fun. This run was a 10K run, so it would take most runners around an hour to complete, give or take a few minutes.
People were eager to get started and to be at the front of the pack. To me, looks like it would be easy to get trampled in this mass of yellow t-shirts. Before we knew it, the emcee was announcing to the runners to line up for the official start. With helicopters circling overhead, lights flashing and music booming, it was really an exciting spectacle to see. Everyone took their places and got ready to sprint off from the starting line:
And with that, they were off and the fun had begun. The excitement and energy in the air was palpable as the runners took charge of the streets.
Here are a few aerial shots of the Tel Aviv Nike Night Run which give you a taste of the size and scope of this highly attended event:
As the run went on, the runners and walkers passed by kilometers 3, 4, 5, 6 and onward to the finish line.
And then there were all kinds of celebrations going on after the finish line, complete with balloons, water, music and medals for each participant. Tel Aviv is a city that really knows how to have a good time.
Here's a promotional video, just a 45 second clip, of the Tel Aviv Nike Night Run for the 2011 event. You can really feel the energy of the run by watching this festive video. Take a look:
And then just one more, here's a clip from the 2010 Nike Night Run from last year in Tel Aviv. It shows you the takeoff from the starting point and it's exciting to watch. This is pretty much exactly what we had this year:
I love the busy and bustle of Tel Aviv and need to make it a point to get over there more often. Daily, you can find something fun and interesting going on. If it were up to me, we would be living in Tel Aviv or in nearby Herzliya where you'll find Israeli's nicest beaches. But, for the time being, we're stuck (or I should say happily content) here in Jerusalem where my husband is working hard to finish up his degree while working for a great company. Regardless, we're only a quick 45-minute ride from this happening city. Don't get me wrong, Jerusalem has its perks too - it's beautiful, historic, the most temperate of Israel's cities and full of cultural and culinary festivals that will keep you busy throughout the year. Hope you enjoyed seeing this fun festival in Tel Aviv. It was a thrill to be there in person!