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Cave of the Patriarchs, Hevron

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 16, 2014

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Few photos that I took inside the Cave (Tombs) of the Patriarchs. I used a pocket camera set to a fairly high ISO, so some of the photos are grainy. The interior is divided into several chambers and courtyards. This part of Hevron (H1) is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, so Jews are only allowed in certain areas, about 20% of the complex. The architecture is Ottoman.

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Hevron 10K Race

Posted by Avital Pinnick on February 16, 2014

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How to get a trophy on your first race…. First, sign up for a race with hardly any participants. 🙂 The Hevron 10K is a tough run and had only about 60 competitors. I think every woman in the race won a trophy. There were only 4 or 5 and we were spread out over different age groups. There was another woman registered in my group, but she didn’t run, so I was the only winner in my category. Looks like a woman on top of a Dalek.

Here I am at the starting point, with the Tomb of the patriarchs in the background.

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And we’re off…. Of course I’m at the back of the pack. I’m not a very fast runner and it didn’t help that I took a wrong turn in Kiryat Arba–there was n0 sign after the unattended water stand at the 8th kilometer (that was also really annoying; when you’re running, you shouldn’t have to stop, fish a cup out of a plastic bag, and fill it yourself). I wasn’t in any danger. But I tried to guess which way to go and guessed wrong. When I turned around, I saw that the two women who were behind me had gone straight, instead of turning, so I followed them, losing about half a kilometer.

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Beautiful scenery! Lots of terraces and vineyards. The hills of the first two kilometers were really difficult, from the Machpela up to the industrial area of Kiryat Arba. I don’t think we have such steep hills in Maale Adumim, unless you try to run straight up the hill from a wadi.

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I have another 10 km race this Friday, the “Kalaniot” (Anemones). About twice as many people are registered, so I’ll have some real competition! At least it will be a lot flatter.

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