Jerusalem has a Mediterranean climate, but moderated by its altitude. It’s pleasant nearly year-round for running. Summers are warm to hot, with high temps 80–85F (26–29C). Winters can be cool, with average highs in January around 54F (12C), and chilly evenings, around 4C. Temps occasionally go below freezing. Snow is rare. Winters can be rainy. Summers are very dry with virtually no rain between May and October. Jerusalem’s weather is much more pleasant than Tel Aviv’s in the summer.
Jerusalem is a major tourist destination, and there is a good selection of hotels. The best hotels and most centrally located are in the Downtown Triangle and off Hebron Rd. (Rt. 60) near the Old City. Try to stay in this area to be close to the best running routes in Jerusalem. There are no hotels in the Old City.
There are not any dedicated running stores in Jerusalem that we are aware of. You are likely to find running necessities in one of the two major malls in Jerusalem: the Malcha (Azrieli) Mall (near the Malcha Train Station) and the Mamilla Mall (near the Old City).
The running scene in Israel continues to grow and there are many running events in different parts of the country.
Article on Israel’s most important running events.
Jerusalem Marathon. March. This has become a major international marathon event, with 30,000 runners. There are also 5k, 10k, and half-marathon options.
Jerusalem Night Run. Has been run annually. Running at night in Jerusalem is special.