Updated: Gaza Marathon 2013

08 November 2012

5 March 2013

We regret to announce that the UNRWA Gaza Marathon, due to be held on 10 April 2013, has been cancelled following a decision by the authorities in Gaza not to allow women to participate.

Registered Marathon participants who still wish to come to Gaza are welcome; UNRWA is working on an alternative programme of events which will be forwarded to those interested as soon as possible.  

UNRWA is disappointed with this decision, and sincerely regrets the inconvenience this may cause to those who planned to participate in the marathon.

UNRWA is extremely grateful for the overwhelming public interest in the Marathon, and the depth of support for the children of Gaza, for whom the marathon was intended to raise funds.


For English language participant enquiries, contact Merit Hietanen: +972 599 891 464 or m.hietanen@unrwa.org

For Arabic language participant enquiries, contact Ahmed Awadallah: +972 59 9 885 078.

Show your support by making a donation to UNRWA‘s summer fun programme for children in Gaza.

  • $18 will allow a child to join the Summer Fun Weeks

We will especially target children with special needs and children living under the poverty line. 

  • $720 will give an entire class of primary school children the chance to join the Summer Fun Weeks

We will focus on gender balance to ensure an equal number of boys and girls participating.

Read more about the summer programme here.

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