A large, passionate, and committed team of over 50 runners, from Israel and the U.S., ran in this years’ Jerusalem Marathon for the first time, raising money for Camp Kaylie summer scholarships in what was a weekend of comradery, accomplishment, and exhaustive fun!
While Ohel does not have a permanent presence in Israel, Ohel’s Trauma Team has made frequent trips to Israel in times of tragedy, working with local organizations and providing specialized trauma support in many communities. Many Camp Kaylie alumni study in Israel or have made aliyah over the years.
At the pre-race carb-load pasta evening held at Polly’s Restaurant, Mor Sapir, a renowned mountain climber and inspirational speaker, told his moving story of how he lost all his fingers yet continues to coach basketball, pursue athletics, and to literally climb mountains. Team Ohel and Camp Kaylie runners received their race swag and bibs and rallied together to pump each other up for the next day’s race, bonding around a common cause of helping children with special needs enjoy a summer of a lifetime at Camp Kaylie.
The Jerusalem Marathon, set in the most historic city in the world, is known as a challenging race and included a 5k, 10k, a half marathon, and a full marathon, beginning and ending in Gan Sacher. With crowds cheering them on, the Team Ohel and Camp Kaylie running squad all successfully completed their races, many with personal bests! Ohel’s chief development officer, Alan Secter led the team in the 10k.
Said Yossi Gross, residence manager at Ohel, “Running through the streets of Jerusalem inspired me to achieve my personal best (2:12 in the half). Stepping on the same stones as our forefathers helped push me to the finish line.”
With Shabbat coming, the American runners gathered at the Prima Kings Hotel for an amazing Shabbat in Jerusalem with delicious food, amazing davening at the Great Synagogue, and a walking tour of the Old City, before catching a flight home Sunday.
Alan Secter, Ohel’s chief development officer, who also ran the race, commented, “We are very proud of the commitment and dedication shown by the Team Ohel and Camp Kaylie runners in Israel! It provides a solid foundation to build upon the support for Ohel and Camp Kaylie in Israel—two pioneering organizations which benefit the lives of so many, far and wide.”
Ohel thanks co-chairs Alicia Yacoby and Bruce Prince for their hard work in making its inaugural year a great success! Shira Yacoby, Alicia’s daughter who ran the 10K with Team Ohel Camp Kaylie, spoke at the Pasta Party about her experience as a staff member at Camp Kaylie. Bruce Prince, a Team Ohel veteran, was the top fundraiser for the Jerusalem Marathon.
All proceeds raised from the Jerusalem Marathon help children with special needs attend Camp Kaylie summer camps and recreational programs offered by Ohel.
Missed the Jerusalem Marathon? Team Ohel participates in other local sporting events such as the NYC Half Marathon (March 18), Five Boro Bike Tour (May 6), and the Ohel Xtreme Challenge Classic (May 27). Secure your spot now in Team Ohel events to support Ohel Camp Kaylie’s children and adults.
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