web analytics
March 4, 2015 / 13 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


IDF Holds the World’s Largest Military Race

Legendary Chief Warrant Officer Itzahk Tito starts the race for tens of thousands of soldiers and commanders who took part.

Legendary Chief Warrant Officer Itzahk Tito starts the race for tens of thousands of soldiers and commanders who took part.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

More than 11,000 soldiers participated in the Fifth Annual Ground Forces Race last week. According to officials with the IDF Fitness Department, this record-breaking number has made this year’s race the world’s largest foot race with only military personnel.

Commander of the IDF Ground Forces, Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman, who was among the runners, said, “This impressive accomplishment is a consequence of the revolutionary development of the physical fitness program of the Ground Forces. The revolution has come at the hands of steadfast combat commanders employing a stellar program of physical fitness.”

“The race is a powerful tradition that can enter the Guinness World Record books as the largest military race ever organized,” Turgeman added.

The IAF commando unit Shaldag finished in first place in the 10 kilometer (6.2 miles) race, with the Givati Commando brigade and Northern Command’s commando unit, Egoz, taking second and third places respectively.

This was only one of several heats held at the officer training academy base, Bahad 1.

The school for Military Field Intelligence won the prize for most participants.

One focus of this year’s race was the special competition designated for officers with the rank of Brigadier General and above, created to accommodate the large number of officials who took part in this year’s competition.

“Physical fitness begins with the commanders,” explained Head of the IDF Lifestyles department, Maj. Michel Dagan. “They are leading examples for the military lifestyle, and because of their high turnout we opened a special heat just for them.”

In this heat the winner was Brig. Gen. Itay Virob, commander of the course for company and battalion commanders, who is also expected to be appointed as head of the Infantry and Paratroopers later this year.

“The track is not easy, the field has a lot of ups and downs,” explained Maj. Dagan. “The level of fitness was very high and the professionalism was exceptional. This is made possible thanks to the change in our physical culture. This is a very important part of combat fitness and is a significant factor in the continued success of our fitness and lifestyle staff.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “IDF Holds the World’s Largest Military Race”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Pelosi turns her back on Netanyahu and Congress.
Netanyahu Says Israel Can Stand Alone – and Pelosi Turns her Back [video]
Latest News Stories
The best Herzog and Livni can hope for, as of now, is a Pyrrhic victory.

The anti-Bibi barrage last week cost him a grand total of two seats, which went to other parties but not to Bujie and Tzipi.

Rav Ovadia's Robes

Rav Ovadia Yosef’s hat and robes made an appearance at a Shas political rally on Tuesday.

A photograph posted by Mashregh News, an Iranian outlet affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards Corps, that shows top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani (R) embracing the leader of Iraq’s Shiite Badr militia Hadi al-Amiri. This picture is not dated, but is thought to have been taken in 2014.

Don’t listen just to Bibi, President Obama, but to your own experts, right there in Washington DC.

Pelosi turns her back on Netanyahu and Congress.

She was brought to tears and “saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States.”

Jordan’s King Abdullah II warns the battle against Daesh, known as ISIS, has launched World War III, although the U.S.-led coalition fighting the terror group may not yet know it.

Pres. Barack Obama says Israel’s prime minister offered “no viable alternative” to the current deal with Iran. Here’s how it lines up.

Dozens of Democrats gathered to spew a stream of venom before the cameras Tuesday at Israel’s prime minister after his speech to Congress.

Eli Beer stunned the 16,500 AIPAC conference participants by arriving on stage with lights and sirens blaring on an ambucycle, a specially equipped motorcycle ambulance designed by United Hatzalah to speed up emergency response times.

Israel’s PM Netanyahu was interrupted 40 times with standing ovations in his 40 minute historic speech to the US Congress on Tuesday. Transcript here.

The transcript of PM Netanyahu’s speech is available here. The speech begins at 6pm Israel Time / 11AM NY Time.

Former US Secy of State Hillary Clinton is found to have exclusively used private email while at State Dept.

Bottles of wine accompany the Pesach storytelling – each glass of wine represents the four expressions used by G-d in describing the redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt.

“Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate…” to wipe out Israel, PM Netanyahu told Congress.

The Prime Minister showed AIPAC a map of Iranian-backed Hezbollah attacks in five different continents.

If Iran is serious, Netanyahu can skip his speech and tell the Air Force to rev up its engines.

Names and contact information of House Democrats who have confirmed attendance at Bibi’s speech.

More Articles from IDF Spokesperson's Office
Elite soldiers train to kill terrorist kidnappers and rescue hostages.

Terrorists hide with hostages in a building. How can soldiers rescue the victims and kill the captors?

Aharon Karov and his wife Tzvia on their wedding day. hours before he returned to the Gaza front and was critically wounded.

Aharon and Tzvia Karov prove that faith and belief in a better future is what keeps Israel alive.

“I cried not because I had to undergo surgery, but because I had to leave the army.”

“I knew that being there would allow me to protect other soldiers.”

One missile explosion on Tel Aviv could cause a local disaster. One successful Hamas hack of IDF secrets could cause a national disaster.

During Operation Protective Edge, IDF soldiers were faced with deadly risks in the Gaza Strip. Sixty four soldiers were killed and many more were wounded in combat. This is the story of one IDF commander who put his life in danger to rescue a soldier kidnapped by Hamas. Lt. Eitan, 23, joined the elite unit […]

Sgt. O’s commander: “We do not fight indiscriminately. We are an army not a terrorist organization.”

The discovery of a Hamas “urban warfare” manual by IDF forces reveals Hamas’ callous use of Gazans

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-holds-the-worlds-largest-military-race/2012/06/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: