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Run for Zion sets a new pace connecting Christians to Israel

Author invites Christians to connect to Jerusalem through virtual runs and walks

Pastor Ray Hardee of the Pointe Church in Belmont, NC and Run for Zion record holder, praises God after completing the Run for Zion

JERUSALEM–The Genesis 123 Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the Run for Zion Jerusalem Virtual Experience, connecting Christians all over the world with Jerusalem in a meaningful and tangible way in their own communities.

With the pandemic, virtual marathons became a real thing. Yet Run for Zion offers more than “just a virtual race.” Participants can register to run or walk at home and will be connected to an array of exclusive hands-on, interactive programs to connect to the people and the Land of Israel, and to Jerusalem in particular. Wherever they join from, participants will be running in the footsteps of Jesus, not just in the land but blessing the people of the land.  

Genesis 123 Foundation invites all individuals to participate one on one, and churches, colleges, ministries and communities all over the world to partner with. Some ministries are even creating their own local run/walk events to participate in the overall Run for Zion program, as well an anchor to celebrate and connect to Jerusalem. Communities as far away as the Philippines are joining others throughout the U.S., Canada and Central and South America.

Registration is free at Participants can pledge to run a full or half marathon, or to run/walk 5- and 10-kilometer segments. These can be completed all at once, or a little bit at a time. For example, by walking just 2 kilometers a week for just 11 weeks, a participant can complete the half marathon. 

The crowdfunding platform enables participants to invite friends and loved ones to sponsor them, with proceeds going to bless millions of Israelis of all backgrounds through an array of programs and services. Feeding the hungry, comforting Holocaust survivors and terror victims, promoting the ingathering of the exiles from the corners of the world, protecting unborn babies, and building bridges between Jews and Christians are just some of the projects to which the funds will be donated. 

By reaching specific benchmarks in fundraising, participants will also be eligible for unique gifts and swag from Israel, as well as qualify for a free trip to Israel. Sponsors are invited to join and will be recognized on the website and other global platforms.  

While Run for Zion in 2022 will be mostly virtual, we plan to come back strong in 2023 and invite anyone who loves Israel to join us in person for the unique pilgrimage and service experience, connecting with and blessing the land and the people. Join us this Friday as we launch the Run for Zion Jerusalem Virtual Experience with the first live broadcast from the 2021 Jerusalem Marathon on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Run for Zion is a program of the Genesis 123 Foundation whose mission is to build bridges between Jews and Christians and Christians with Israel in ways that are new, unique, and meaningful. For information or to participate please visit or email [email protected]

Jonathan Feldstein was born and educated in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel in 2004. He is married and the father of six. Throughout his life and career, he has become a respected bridge between Jews and Christians and serves as president of the Genesis 123 Foundation. He writes regularly on major Christian websites about Israel and shares experiences of living as an Orthodox Jew in Israel. He is host of the popular Inspiration from Zion podcast. He can be reached at [email protected].

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