Why we do it
Movement. A human right.
Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Having the right to move means that you have the choice, possibility, and right to move from A to B at any time and for any reason. The right to movement is a basic human right as stipulated in Article 13 of the UN Human Rights Charter:
‘Everyone has the right to freedom of movement’
Telling a different story of Palestine
Everyone has the right to freedom of movement, but not everyone has the option. Restriction on movement is one of the major challenges for the Palestinian people living under occupation. Palestinians cannot move freely on roads, or from one city to another. The Palestinians right to movement is controlled by their ID, permits, which city they live in, or who they are married to. Ever been through Qalandia? Then you know why we do this! The State of Palestine does not even control the full olympic marathon distance of 42,195 KM. This is why we do it.
We also do it cause Palestine as any other country should have their own marathon. We want to contribute to building a running culture in Palestine, where men and women, boys and girls can run together. We want to show more people and runners Palestine and the Palestinians. We want to contribute to telling a different story. We want to move. Come move with us.