What a shame about this race being cancelled. All the way to Israel to be downgraded to a half. After a major sulk and a bit of a tantrum I still went over and ran the half. Despite everything it was a really great few days. The organisers managed the situation well, looked after us well, and made sure our trip was still worth it. The people of Tel Aviv were very welcoming. I've also just received a check for 100 shekels which was the difference in entry fee between the half and full marathons.
Sad about the 1 death due to the heat and hoping the other 12 badly ill have made a recovery.
Not the full marathon, but I did it when it was only a half in 2009. I don't remember what the facilities were like but don't really remember there being any problems (a bit eaasier for us blokes though). What I do remember though is how hilly Jerusalem is, it was a pretty hard run and the Israelis are a very fit and competative lot. Was a great expereince though and not to be missed. Good luck if you decide to go for it, i'm doing the Tel Aviv marathon next week, finishing off with a beach party...a very differerent city to Jerusalem!
All on the web-site and they have a facebook page with news as it happens. They;re also pretty good at answering email queries. I was a bit confused re baggage storage and the need to buy locker space in advance. The emailed me back and clarified that for those of us running the full marathon there's a separate area for us with free bag storage and massage after the run etc.
I was a bit worried about arriving late and not making to the expo in time to pick up the race pack. They tell me that they wil have a desk at the pasta party in Rabin square the night before for late arrivers from abroad.
They've also just announced that there'll be a gay pride run as part of the event too, so that definitely means a great beach party at the finish line!