More than 10,000 IDF soldiers participate in race

IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson

The development of physical fitness amongst IDF (Zahal) soldiers improves their personal capabilities and benefits the IDF (Zahal) as a whole

Date: 02/06/2011, 4:34 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The IDF (Zahal) Ground Forces held a race on Thursday (June 2) at the Bahad 1 officer training school in Mitzpe Ramon.

In the presence of Ground Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, more than 10,000 IDF (Zahal) soldiers participated in the race, making it one of the largest military races in the world.

Participants ran on one of four courses: a ten kilometer competitive route, or one of three friendly routes that were ten, six and three kilometers in length.

As part of the growing healthy lifestyle awareness campaign within the IDF (Zahal), a variety of running events, health and fitness seminars and workshops and group swimming and jogging exercises have been held.

The development of physical fitness amongst IDF (Zahal) soldiers improves their personal capabilities and benefits the IDF (Zahal) as a whole.

“This race is a significant milestone but it does not stand on its own,” said Maj. Gen. Turgeman. “We will continue to train daily to preserve and improve the general fitness levels of all IDF (Zahal) units. If we turn this into a daily routine, I’m sure that this is the first step to victory in war.”