RUN4AFIKIM is the longest organized charity relay run in the world. Cofounded by Jason Gardner and Gila and Justin Rockman in 2013, Run4Afikim (R4A) is Afikim’s main fundraising event of the year.
The funds from the event are directly used to support and grow Afikim’s programs throughout the year. The run emphasizes the value of giving and caring for others, as well as getting to know the country, education for a healthy, active lifestyle, hard work and training.
Every year, dozens of athletes from Israel and abroad participate in this fantastic event. The event begins on a Wednesday evening in Jerusalem and small teams of runners continue non-stop for 36 hours covering the full 370 km (230 miles) distance until arriving in Eilat on Friday morning.
The route passes through some of Israel’s most remote and beautiful sites. During the run, the participants meet with groups of Afikim children.
The route passes through some of Israel’s most remote and beautiful sites. Runners enjoy the serenity of running and watching the sunrise in the Negev as well under the magnificent starlit night of the Arava. During the run, the participants meet with groups of Afikim children, who come out to cheer them on and sometimes even run a join in for a little bit.
Run4Afikim is an organized relay run where at any given time one team is running one of the 36 sections that range in distance from 8 to 14 km. Between each section, runners have 6-7 hours to rest and prepare for their upcoming leg. Teams complete 4 or 5 legs totaling around 50 km over 36 hours. On the last day of the run, all groups meet up at the entrance to Eilat and run the final few kilometers into the city together. Runners are required to fundraise a minimum amount to participate and this is matched by charitable foundations and corporate sponsors.