Eilat. The southern Israeli port and resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea near Jordan is popular with visitors, for its beach, coral preserve, and Dolphin Reef. There is some nice running here, though your distance is a bit limited due to Eilat’s being sandwiched between the Jordanian and Egyptian border. We’ve put together a 6.4 km (4 mile) route incorporating the beach promenade and marina, which is where most of the hotels are. Most of the run is off road. Note: it can be quite crowded in the main tourist area. Also it’s brutally hot in summer. MAP
Desert Run in Timna National Park. A wonderful opportunity for some non-technical desert trail running in a spectacular setting. This large park is located 20 km north of Eilat and is a popular spot for hiking, biking, and running. There’s spectacular desert scenery, from Mt. Timna in the center to Solomon’s Pillars, an old mine, dunes, cliffs, and fascinating rock formations. There are some 80 km of trails in the park, many of them quite suitable for running — look for the ‘family’ cycling routes, or use the Israel National Trail. It’s ~5 km from the parking lot closest to Elifaz/Rt. 90 to Solomon’s (Shlomo) Columns on the Israel National Trail, and 4.3 km between the Columns and Nekhushtan Lake. There are 5 different major parking areas. Note: Limited Opening Hours. Website
- Eilat: 6.4 km (4 miles) loop
- Eilat Run: Near Ofira Park or anywhere along route
- Timna has 5 different parking areas. Closest to main road is near Elifaz/Rt. 90
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