frequently asked questions


What is Team Shalva?
Team Shalva is a fun-filled three day weekend experience, as well as a unique and dedicated training program that unites runners of all backgrounds and ages, helping them prepare to run, walk or a combination of the two in the annual Jerusalem Marathon. Team Shalva is committed to getting you to the finish line of your track goal; full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K. During the training process, runners raise money for Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities.
WHAT DOES SHALVA DO?

Shalva is the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. It is dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion.

Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva provides an all-encompassing range of services for thousands of individuals on a weekly basis from infancy to adulthood. Shalva supports and enables families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework. Through nearly three decades of award-winning programs, Shalva is an indispensable element of Israel's kindhearted and innovative landscape.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN TEAM SHALVA?
Team Shalva is the ultimate win-win experience. You get the reward of choosing a goal and crossing your finish line with a well-earned sense of accomplishment. You get to help hundreds of Shalva kids and their family members get all the services and support they need, all while being a part of the Jerusalem Marathon's largest team and everything that entails (parties, friendships and many amazing experiences).
WHAT'S THE EXPERIENCE REALLY LIKE?
To get a glimpse of the Team Shalva experience, please visit the Media page where you can watch videos, see pictures and read testimonials from past years.
DO I NEED TO RUN A FULL MARATHON TO JOIN TEAM SHALVA?
No way! Whether you're a novice or a year-long runner, you have a place in Team Shalva. Every year there are Team Shalva participants in all of the following tracks: full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K. Pick one and go for it – you'll still be benefiting Shalva and getting the complete Team Shalva experience!
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM FUNDRAISING REQUIREMENT?
Please go to the Join page and fill in the following fields: State / Country / I am a…
(Don't worry, you will not be charged.)
HOW WILL I FUNDRAISE?
You will be pleasantly surprised to see that fundraising for Shalva is not difficult and it is even fun! Once you sign up, you'll gain access to lots of proven fundraising tips and ideas which will help you fundraise amongst your family, friends, business associates, etc. When people hear about your undertaking and dedicated commitment to Shalva and the wonderful organization it is, they are very supportive and receptive to making a donation.
HOW DO MY SPONSORS MAKE A DONATION?
It is extremely easy to make donations with the Team Shalva website (run4shalva.org) using any major credit card. Checks may be mailed to the Shalva office together with the check processing form which you can download on the website (on the left side menu when logged in). Cash donations must be dropped off directly at the Shalva office, along with your information.
I HAVE FRIENDS WORLDWIDE. WHAT CURRENCIES ARE ACCEPTED?
Donations can be made in US$, CDN$, GBP, and NIS.
WILL I BE NOTIFIED WHEN I AM SPONSORED?
Yes, you will receive an automatic email notification. In addition, you can always log into your personal account and select from the left menu "View Sponsors" or "Export Sponsors" where all your donors will be listed.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE TEAM SHALVA PACKAGE?

An unparalleled weekend of fun and inspiration, meeting amazing people, and making new friends, all of whom are uniting for Shalva's children.

Once you have reached your minimum fundraising requirement, the Team Shalva experience includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare (economy class) to and from Israel (international participants only)
  • Three night hotel accommodations at the Jerusalem Crowne Plaza, with full Israeli breakfast from Thursday, March 8th to Sunday, March 11th (international participants only)
  • Ground transportation for group flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport
  • Pre-race Pasta Party and post-race Victory Party
  • An exciting and inspirational Shabbat in Jerusalem with hundreds of other runners, including all meals (international participants only)
  • Guaranteed race admission and payment of all the associated fees
  • Team Shalva swag bag, a Team Shalva wicking t-shirt and the official Jerusalem Marathon t-shirt
  • A meaningful and informative tour of Shalva
  • An awe-inspiring concert by the famous Shalva Band
  • Training tools: Online training schedules and an email platform for correspondence with the team's coach
  • Fundraising tools: A personal fundraising web page, sample fundraising and thank you letters, fundraising tips and ideas, and detailed lists of donations received

WHAT IS THE WEEKEND ITINERARY?
Here is a tentative general itinerary of the Team Shalva weekend:
  • Thursday – Shalva Day: A tour of the Shalva National Center, opening ceremony with Shalva founder Kalman Samuels, a Shalva Band concert and the epic Team Shalva Pasta Party – all in the stunning new center
  • Friday – Marathon Day! Israeli breakfast, festive walk to the start line, 800 meter Community Run with the Shalva kids, participate in your selected track, and the famous Victory Party. (For international participants, Friday night Shabbat dinner and program.)
  • Saturday – Shabbat: (For international participants) Israeli breakfast, Shabbat services, inspirational lecture, lunch, afternoon program and free time, dinner, musical havdalah ceremony, free time or a Saturday night program
  • Sunday – Lehitraot: Time to say goodbye. Israeli breakfast, exchange contact information with a few hundred people, and get ready to dream about 2019…
WHAT IS THE community RUN?
  • The 800-meter community race was a Shalva initiative that started 8 years ago.
  • Today it's the track for thousands of children, soldiers and community members running side by side with children with disabilities.
  • When the need for a disability-accessible track arose it was Shalva who answered the call by launching the Community Race together with the city of Jerusalem. Through our efforts, runners of all abilities now run together as a symbol of a unified and accepting culture.
  • Team Shalva runners are encouraged to join the Community Run either pre or post their race, for a most inspiring experience.
WHEN DO I START TRAINING?
Depending on your current fitness level, training starts approximately three to four months before race day.
HOW WILL I MAKE IT TO THE FINISH LINE?
You aren't alone – many of our runners are first timers! Whether this is your first race, or you do triathlons every month, the combination of preparing for your selected track, with the enthusiasm for being part of such a great cause will be the impetus to get you over the finish line. Once registered, you will have access to various running schedules which have been carefully researched and tested. Plus, the team coach is available to you via email correspondence. Following your training schedule diligently, you, along with the other Team Shalva runners, will cross the finish line and enjoy the well-deserved Team Shalva Victory Party.
I'm Ready, What's My First Step?
Congratulations! Click here to register and gain immediate access to all the tools and information provided and begin your journey towards a wonderful 3-day experience! We're so excited to welcome you to the Team Shalva family!