Thousands of runners and cyclists, families of fallen heroes, and active-duty IDF soldiers participated in the race, hosted by BShvil HaBanim HaDruzim. The route in the lower Galilee included running, walking, and cycling.
The sixth annual race, which extended through 18 Druze villages, was dedicated to the memory of the 427 Druze solders who have lost their lives fighting in Israel’s wars and military operations.
Distinguished guests at the race’s ceremony included Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich; Shaykh Muwaffak Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel; Israel Border Police Commander Maj. Gen. Yaakov (Kobi) Shabtai; Head of the Lower Galilee Regional Council Moti Dotan; FIDF Executive Director in Israel Brig. Gen. (Res.) Effi Idan; and Chairman of the Jewish National Fund Danny Atar.
The Druze religious community is spread mainly across Israel, Lebanon, and Syria. Israel’s Druze population numbers about 130,000. Most Druze proudly serve in the IDF and security forces.