The annual race is sponsored by Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi
, the Vatican's official travel agency, and the Israeli tourism ministry. The hope is that events like these will not only encourage pilgrimages and tourism, but establish peace and build long-lasting relationships with people of various faith backgrounds.
The race began at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and ended at Jerusalem's Notre Dame Centre. The event also featured a friendly soccer match between participants and brought out Italian football stars Luigi Di Biagio, Albertini Demetrio and Tommasi Damiano, among others.
Photo credit: Israel Government Tourist Office