“Team Eitan” Blog #2

Running culture: The same in every culture

Eitan Hermon is an amputee runner from Israel who will be participating in the 2012 Williams Route 66 Marathon.

I cannot tell you how proud I am to be from Israel. To put it simply, it’s my homeland. It’s where my family roots are – going back to my grandfather and grandmother. After the Holocaust, in hopes of a brighter future, my grandparents made their way to Israel to build our country here.

As an Israeli war veteran and amputee, my marathon experience may seem different than many others’. However, the running culture is the same in every culture – whether you’re an American, an Israeli or even an amputee. All runners need accountability, a healthy diet and a good support team.

Here in Israel, I do most of my training runs in the early morning, when it’s cooler. I eat a large variety of foods while training. Some people may be surprised to hear that I especially like incorporating dates into my diet.

I am fortunate enough to have a running coach, Yaeir Karni. Not only does he assist me with my training schedule, but he’s also a great example. I’m fortunate to have him as a great running model. Right now, running is seen as a hobby in Israel, but through my involvement in TIKVOT, it is becoming my profession. I look forward to running alongside each one of you in the Williams Route 66 Marathon on Nov. 18.