Palestine Marathon is no longer a Right to Movement race

Created on November 21, 2016

Written by Lise Ring – Connect: Twitter, Instagram or Email

We are sad to announce that, effective immediately, Right to Movement is no longer part of organizing Palestine Marathon. The Palestine Olympic Committee (POC), whom we approached for partnership in 2012 and who has partnered with us since then, has chosen to continue the race without Right to Movement. POC is the National Sports Committee of the Palestinian Authority.

Arabic statement here.

We are sad to announce that, effective immediately, Right to Movement is no longer part of organizing Palestine Marathon. The Palestine Olympic Committee (POC), whom we approached for partnership in 2012 and who has partnered with us since then, has chosen to continue the race without Right to Movement. POC is the National Sports Committee of the Palestinian Authority.

It has always been the objective to hand over the race to a Palestinian organization to make the race 100% Palestinian owned. But we had hoped for a more transparent and mutually agreed process. 

A growing, sustainable race

We are extremely proud of what we have achieved. From the 700-runner inaugural race in 2013 to this year’s nearly 5000 runners from 63 countries. We wanted to shed light on violations of the basic human right of freedom of movement of Palestinian people caused by the occupation. We created a internationally recognized running course, in spite of restraints on movement and by designing a two-loop course in through Bethlehem. We wanted to tell a different story about Palestine. And so we did!

Right to Movement Palestine Marathon has not only grown in participants but also in its capacity to be a renowned, sustainable and international event. In its inaugural year, the race was funded by Danish foundations KVINFO and Centre for Culture and Development and by international race-fees. In 2016, the race was funded by Palestinian sponsors and international race-fees and organized by the local Right to Movement communities alongside local partners. We hope the POC will expand and develop the race even further, continue to attract international runners and show the global and hopeful spirit of Palestinians. 

The future of marathon in Palestine

We know that runners around the world are excited to receive news about the 2017 race. We sincerely hope the POC will announce details soon but at this point, we don’t know more than that. Please contact them directly for further information. http://www.poc.ps/

Right to Movement today – and in the future

Right to Movement is a non-profit, non-political and non-religious global running community with runners and running communities all over the world. We have 19 running communities and counting. In Palestine, UK, Denmark, France, Finland, Ghana, Tanzania and elsewhere. We will continue running for the Right to Movement of Palestinians and everyone else who’s freedom of movement is being violated.

We want to thank runners in Palestine and abroad who participated in and promoted the marathon. Palestine Marathon wouldn’t exist without you. Keep running and keep sharing your stories!

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