Weekly Group Runs:

Sat nights at 45 minutes after Shabbat from Aviv boxes: 10-14 km Migdal Hamayim Course at a relaxed recovery pace.  Another option is a friendly 7 km starting 35 minutes after Shabbat ends from Rechov Reuven in Sheinfeld.  Finally, there is a large RBS group that meets on Dolev and Dolev one hour after Shabbat.

Monday Nights 8:30 PM:  Speedwork on the corner of Dolev and Dolev.

Wednesday Mornings 5:30 AM  Medium Long Run 16-18 km from the top of Hashoshan

Friday Morning long run. Check Schedule.

 

  
 

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Places To Run              By Chaim Wizman

The best part of living in Bet Shemesh is the incredible variety of trails in the area. However, most races are on the road and if you want to perform well, you will have to do some road specific training. Another issue is that trail running is very difficult in winter when the ground is saturated and muddy. You also can’t run trails at night unless there is a full moon. So, whether you want to run on trails or on asphalt, here are some great places to do it.

RBS Trails: 8-16 km
Start at the Aviv boxes and cut through Shoshan park to Rechov Hacharzit. Turn left when you get onto the trail, then a quick right down to the Wadi and hop over the stones to cross the Wadi. Turn left and head down to Gan Haplastic (1.1 Km). Just before Gan Haplastic, turn left and run up the hill and turn right. Follow the trail up the steep (but short) hill and continue straight for 2 km (you are running parallel to Rd 38) until the RBS road. At this point, you are at 4km. Turn right, on the RBS road and left onto 38 and enter the trail on the left side of the road, opposite the Keren Kayemet bird on the right side of 38. (You are at 5k at this point). Bear left when you first get on the trail and then continue staright. The trail continues steadily uphill for 3 kilometers. Turn around and retrace your route home for an up to 16 km run.

Migdal Hamayim Road Run: 10.3 km
Ths is our standard Saturday Night Run. Start at the Aviv boxes and run up Shoshan, turn right at the end of Shoshan and continue to the third traffic circle (by the Chareidi area). Turn left on Levi Eshkol and continue straight down until the end, turn left up the hill, left by Kikar Moomy, pass the shuk and continue straight until you turn left on Rechov Hagefen, turn left at end of Hagefen and then right onto Ben Zeev towards 38. When you get to 38, turn around and come back making a right onto Hadekel. Turn right on Rakefet (by the Matnas) and take Rakefet all the way to the end where it hits Hadekel. Turn around and run down Rakefet and enter Narkis on the left where the road opens into it. Take Narkiss all the way to the Aviv boxes. You can add mileage by running additional loops on Narkiss. Each loop is 1.89 kilometers.
 
Run through the Mercaz: 11k
This is our staple run on offeseason Monday nights. Start at the Aviv boxes and turn left on Narkiss and continue all the way to the second exit onto Rakefet (1.5 km).  Make a left on Rakefet and run up to the Victory Shopping Center and cut through to Hadekel.  Left on Hadekel down Ben Zeev.  Left on Ben Zeev until 38, then turn around and head up to traffic circle on Ben Zeev.  At the traffic circle, turn left and continue straight up the 1600 meter climb all the way to the center of town (opposite the Iriya).  You are at the 5.7 km mark at this point.  Continue straight after you reach the crest of the hill, past Super Barak and make a right on Sderot Rabin (the commercial street of Migdal Hamayim).  Continue straight, crossing over Ben Zeev to Rashi and turn left at Maapeili Egoz.  Turn right on Reuven and continue for one km until Shivtei Yisroel.  Left on Shivtei Yisroel, left on Hadekel and right on Rakefet.  Enter Narkiss at the first entrance from Rakefet and follow Narkiss back to the Aviv boxes.
 
Lamed Hay Road Run: 21.1 km
The perfect half marathon Training Run, especially for the Jerusalem half marathon.  Start from the top of Shoshan and continue going straight all the way to Road 10 (2k) (the one that leads to the Industrial Zone if you turn left). Turn right and take that 5 km to the end of Rd 10, and make a right on 375 (the Satellite Road).  You can really turn on the speed here during this skightly downhill 6.8n km section to Tzomet Etziona.  Turn right on Tzomet Etziona and brace yourself for the Bet Shemesh version of Heartbreak Hill at Moshav Zakharia, a 1.5 km colossus beginning at Tzomet Azeqa, two km after you turn onto 38. If you make it to the top, you will be rewarded with a beautiful and fast 4km, downhill to the finish at Gan Haplastic. Total distance 21.1 km.
Tel Tzofit 17 km
Drive on 38 heading South and turn right on Rd 383 (Tzomet Azeqa).  About 1.5 km from the Northern entrance to Park Brittania on your left, you will see a narrow asphalt trail winding through the green rolling hills.  Look for it carefully or you will miss it.  Follow the trail as it winds West and after 7.5 km you will come to a steep hill which leads to the impressive archeological dig of Tel Tzofit.  Aside from this last kilometer the terrain is rolling and mainly asphalt.  Turn around and head back for a lovely 17 km.
Adulam 16 km
Drive on 38 heading South to Churvat Midras which will be on your left side just opposite the entrance to Mitzpe Massua.  Park there and follow the road until you hit the trail with the sign induicating Park Adulam.  Follow the trail to the vineyard and turn right at the Vineyard and climb the gentle incline until thened of the vineyard where you will see Moshav Aderet in the distance to your left.  Turn around and head back and you have a beautiful 16 km.

Yishi Forest: 10-24 km
Start at the Aviv boxes and cut through Shoshan park to Rechov Hacharzit. Turn left when you get onto the trail, then a quick right down to the Wadi and hop over the stones to cross the Wadi. Turn right and head down to Gan Haplastic (1.1 Km). Exit Gan Haplastic, cross 38 and enter the trail on the other side of 38 and turn immediately right. Continue 1.4 km until you reach the internal Moshav Yishi road and turn left on the road and then mak your first right. Take the road to the end and turn left and after 400 meters, you will hit the Yishi Forest Trail. You are at 4k at this point. The Yishi Forest trail continues for 8km until the train tracks outside of Tel Shachar so if you run all the way until the end, you are at 12 km (and 24 km if you go out and back). The trail is beautiful and relatively flat (by Bet Shemsh standards) and is perfect for varying the distances. Since you hit the trail at 4k, simply run as far as you want along the trail and back for the desired distance. The trail is quite exposed to the sun so if you are running it in hot weather, start early. There are also beautiful citrus, cotton and sunflower fields along the trail, depending on the season.

Ramat Bet Shemesh Road Run: 10.92 km
Start at the Aviv boxes and run up Shoshan, turn right at the end of Shoshan and continue to the second traffic circle. Turn right onto Yarden (the bridge) and go 4 km, most of it a steep, character building climb, all the way to the end, where you will turn right on Yarkon and take that 2.8 km (Yarkon becomes Kishon after the shopping center) all the way to the end and turn left on Yarden. Take the steep downhill all the way to the bridge (and watch your knees) and at the traffic circle at the top, turn left onto Herzog, then left onto Shoshan and head back to the Aviv boxes.
 
Bet Jemaal (The Monastery): 9 km
Start at the Aviv boxes and cut through Shoshan park to Rechov Hacharzit. Turn left when you get onto the trail, then a quick right down to the Wadi and hop over the stones to cross the Wadi. After you cross the Wadi continue staright up the hill and follow the trail straight for about 800 meters. Look carefully for a trail entrance on the right (the best landmark is the rock with a small tree growing out of it.) and follow the trail up the steep hill to Bet Jemaal Monastary. Run up the hill to the Monastary, tap the fence and turn around. Take the middle trail and follow it downhill all the way to the RBS road. Turn right at the road and after about 1100 meters, you will see the trail on your right that runs parallel to Rd 38. Take this trail for 2.2 km to Gan Haplastic. Turn right at Gan Haplastic and continue back to Rechov Hacharzit.
 
Tel Yarmut: 11.5 km
For pure, gut busting, scenic beauty, it's hard to top this run. The run includes two climbs that will send your heart rate soaring, as much from the raw, unsullied beauty of the place as from the mercliless change in elevation. Start at the Aviv boxes and cut through Shoshan park to Rechov Hacharzit. Turn left when you get onto the trail, then a quick right down to the Wadi and hop over the stones to cross the Wadi. After you cross the Wadi continue straight up the hill and follow the trail straight for about 800 meters. Look carefully for a trail entrance on the right (the best landmark is the rock with a small tree growing out of it.) and follow the trail up the steep hill to Bet Jemaal Monastary. Run up the hill to the Monastary, tap the fence and turn around. Take the middle trail and follow it downhill all the way to the RBS road. Turn right at the road and after about 600 meters, you will see an entrance to a trail with a very steep hill on the left side of the road (Tel Yarmut). Climb the hill (if you dare) and at the top, bear left and continue downhill to the flat trail where you will turn right and continue to bear right all the way until the RBS road. Cross the road and run on the trail parallel to Rd 38 for 2.2 km to Gan Haplastic. Turn right at Gan Haplastic and continue back to Rechov Hacharzit.

Western Industrial Zone Trail Run: 13 km
Start at the Aviv boxes and cut through Shoshan park to Rechov Hacharzit. Turn left when you get onto the trail, then a quick right down to the Wadi and hop over the stones to cross the Wadi. Turn right and head down to Gan Haplastic (1.1 Km). Just before Gan Haplastic, turn left and run up the hill and turn right. Follow the trail up the steep (but short) hill and continue straight for 2 km (you are running parallel to Rd 38) until the RBS road. At this point, you are at 4km. Turn right, on the RBS road and left onto 38 and enter the trail on the right side of the road by the Keren Kayemet bird on the right side of 38. (You are at 5k at this point). Continue steadily uphill for 1.5 km until the end and turn right. After a kilometer or so, you will begin to see some industrial buildings on your left, turn left there and follow the industrial road back down to 38, left on 38 and back to Gan Haplastic. Don't let the Industrial Zone description fool you. This is a beautiful run.

Derech Burma West: 14-15km
Run through one of the most heroic chapters in modern Israeli history in this magnificent and challenging trail run. The Burma road was a bypass road built almost overnight to circumvent Latrun and the hostile Arab villages which dominated the road to Jerusalem and prevented the supply of food to its Jewish residents. The trail is full of historical markers, picnic grounds and breathtaking views but it's not an easy run. Drive to Mishtalat Pollack at the Western side of 38 just before highway 1 and park by the electrical station o the right side. Follow the red trail carefully (Derech Burma, there are about a million forks in the trail which encourage you to explore and get lost ) until Mitzpe Harel and turn around and come back.
 
Beit Hanatif: 16.4 km:  Start at the Aviv boxes and cut through Shoshan park to Rechov Hacharzit. Turn left when you get onto the trail, then a quick right down to the Wadi and hop over the stones to cross the Wadi. Turn right and head down to Gan Haplastic (1.1 Km). Just before Gan Haplastic, turn left and run up the hill and turn right. Follow the trail up the steep (but short) hill and continue straight for 2 km (you are running parallel to Rd 38) until the RBS road. At this point, you are at 4km. Turn right, on the RBS road and left onto 38 and enter the trail on the left side of the road, opposite the Keren Kayemet bird on the right side of 38. (You are at 5k at this point). Bear left when you first get on the trail and then continue staright. The trail continues steadily uphill for 3 kilometers. Turn left when the trail forks and follow the ridge all th eway to the RBS road. Turn left on the road for about 1.5 km and enter the trail on your right parallel to 38 that you ran on the beginning of the run.  End at Chartzit for 16.4 km.
 
Derech Burma East (Derech Hajeepim): 12km
Run through one of the most heroic chapters in modern Israeli history in this magnificent and challenging trail run. The Burma road was a bypass road built almost overnight to circumvent Latrun and the hostile Arab villages which dominated the road to Jerusalem and prevented the supply of food to its Jewish residents. Like the Burma West trail, this trail is full of historical markers, picnic grounds and breathtaking views and like its Western counterpart, it's not an easy run. Drive to the Machal Memorial at the Eastern side of 38 just before highway 1 and park near the entrance. Run uphill for about 1.5 kilometer and then turn left and following the trail markers for the Mishlatim until you hit the road to Bet Meir. Cross the road and follow the black trail down and back to the entrance to Burma east.
 
Martyr's Forest: 8-24 km
Drive to Martyr's Forest on the Eastern side of 38, a few kilometers North of Tzomet Shimshon. Follow the red trail (Nachal Kisalon) for as long as you want up to 12 kilometers and then head back. The way out is a steady but gradual uphill so the way back is obviously a steady and gradual downhill. The trail turns left after the Bnai Brith cave after 2 kilometers and then left again after about 7 kilometers. After twelve kilometers, you can leave the Nachal Kisalon trail and follow the Shvil Yisrael (orange, blue and white trail) to the right up an absolutely brutal 1.5 km hill which will take you to Kibbutz Tzuba.
Diefenbacker Road: 17 km
Drive to the Khan at the Tel Aviv side entrance to Highway 1 and poark.  Carefully cross the Highway on foot to the gas station and you will see a trail entrance at the left side of the gas station.  Run straight and you will see a Red marked trail called Diefenbacker Road.  Follow the trail 8.5 km up to the Haportzim Memorial just above Neve Ilan.  The first 4 km of the run is a challenging and relentless uphill but the trail is wide and smooth and the views of the Judean Hills throughout are unsurpassed.  Turn around and head back and you have an inspiring 17 km.
 
Har Eitan: 8km Loop
While driving North on Rd 38, turn right on Rd 395 and drive all the way to the upper Sataf parking lot. There you will see a parking area for Har Eitan. The trail is a well-manicured, accurately measured 8 km loop along one of the most spectacular mountain ridges in the country with rolling hills throughout. There is a small cafe in the parking area as well as a JNF information booth.
 
President's Forest: (Derech Hapesalim) 14 km
While driving North on Rd 38, turn left at Tzomet Shimshon (Rd 44) and drive two kilometers to the entrance of President's Forest on the left. Follow the Derech Hapesalim trail which will loop back to the start after 14 km (assuming you don't get lost. I always do). The trail is well-shaded, hilly and beautiful.
 
Nachal Soreq: 8-24 km
Drive North on Rd 38 and turn right just past the police station towards Nacham. Drive to the end and park opposite the cement factory. Follow the trail parallel to the train tracks to Jerusalem. This is part of the course on our annual Chol Hamoed Succot Run to Jerusalem. You will be running in a magnificent canyon between two spectacular mountain ranges with Nachal Soreq on your left. Life doesn't get any better than this. You can take this trail up to 12 km (or 24 km out and back) where it will eventually intersect with Road 386 (the Ein Karem road).
 
Deir Rafat: 18 km
If you have to be on th road instead of the trails, this is one of the prettiest road runs around. Leave from Aviv boxes and run up Hashoshan, left on Hadekel continue all the way down to the large traffic circle on Ben Zeev. Left on Ben Zeev then turn right onto 38 and head towards the exit to Kibbutz Tzora. Left at the Tzora exit and continue straight approximately 5k until Deir Rafat Monastary. Stop and enjoy the spectacular view from Yekev Mony, owned by a Christian Arab who produces excellent kosher wines. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the Aviv box. 18km. Beautiful scenery along the Tzora road. Tough climb toward the end but well worth the effort.
Har Yaaran: 12k  This run is a perfect example of the some of the unknown treasure trove of trails in our area.  From RBS, turn left on Rd 375 and after 600 meters, you will see a trail on your right side.  Make the gut wrenching climb to the top and follow the trail markers all the way to the exit in Yaar Matah on Rd 375. Turn left on the road and follow for several hundred meters until you see the sign for Hurvat Chanot on the right side of the road.  Enter the trail (Shvil Yisrael designated by orange, blue and white trail Markings) and run to the left all the way to the exit on 375 a few hundred meters from where you parked at the entrance to Har Yaaran.

Weizmann Institute: 34 km
The ultimate marathon training run. Begin at the top of Hashoshan turn left on Hadekel continue all the way down to the large traffic circle on Ben Zeev. Left on Ben Zeev, then turn right onto 38 and head approximately 4k until Tzomet Shimshon. Left at Shimshon (Rd 44) and then continue 10k until Tzomet Nachshon. The first 2k on Rd 44 up to President's Forest is a fairly steep uphill but after that, you get to enjoy a very fast and scenic 8k gradual downhill, a great place to pick up the pace.You are now at 16k There is a Menta convenience store on the right at Tzomet Nachshon, so you can stop to use the bathroom and have a drink. Turn left at Tzomet Nachshon (Rd 3) and go straight for a bit less than 1.5k where you will make a right towards Bilu and Rechovot (Rd 411). Keep going straight all the way to Bilu (another 11k, now you are at 29k.) There is another Menta convenience store on the right at the gas station at Mazkeret Batya at kilometer 25.7 for you to refuel. At Bilu turn right onto Rd 40 and continue for one kilometer. You make the first left onto Rechov Herzl and go through the main commercial strip in Rechovot for the final 4k up to Weizmann institute on the left side. You can always add a few more kilometers within Weizmann which has a beautiful campus to run on. Once you are in Rechovot, there are many nearby places to replenish your depleted body and there is also a cab stand in case you can't sucker someone into picking you up.
 
The Roglit Vineyard Run: 31 km
A fantastic, scenic asphalt course if you are training for a hilly marathon or if you just want to test your mettle in a beautiful setting. Start from the top of Shoshan and continue going straight all the way to Road 10 (2k) (the one that leads to the Industrial Zone if you turn left). Turn right and take that 5 km to the end of Rd 10, and make a right on 375 (the Satellite Road). Continue 1.5 kilometers and then make a left at Tzomet Etziona. Continue straight into Moshav Roglit and continue straight past the perimiter fence into the trail continuing south all the time. After 3 kilometers of uphills, you will reach a gorgeous vineyard which extends for six stunningly beautiful, gradually downhill kilometers all the way to Moshav Givat Yeshayahu. Continue straight in the Moshav for a few hundred meters, then left to the Moshav exit. Turn right at the Moshav exit and run 1 kilometer down to Rd 38. Turn right on Rd 38 and run 10 kilometers to Gan Haplastic. Right at Gan Haplastic into the trail that leads to Rechov Hacharzit. You don't need to run 31 km to experience the beauty of the vineyard. Simply park in Roglit or even at the entrance to the vineyard and do a 12k out and back.
Nachal Dolev Reserve 18k: This is the ultimate grueling hilly trail run.  If you dare to to this one, you will be richly rewarded with incredible views and abundant wildlife sightings.  Begin on Rd 10 at the trail across the street from the Moshav Zanoach entrance.  Keep climbing and climbing the hill.  After about 2.5 km, it will flatten out and you will be running along a magnificent mountain ridge.  When the ridge ends, follow the red trail all the way to fenced in Moshav Bar Giyora which you will hit at the 7.5.  Turn left at the fence and head up to the Nes Harim Road which tyou will be on for 4.7 km.  Opposite the entrance to the Stalactite caves on the left side, you will find a red marked trail which leads to Road 3855.  Follow the steep rocky downhills all the way back down to Rd 10 and then turn left on Rd 10 and run the 700 meters back to your car.
Nes Harim Road Run 8-16k: Once you do this run, you will never be afraid of a hill again.  Begin at the entarnce to the road to Nes Harim near the Industrial Zone (which leads to the Stalactyte caves).  The climb is steep and relentless.  After 8 kilometers of unceasing grunting, you will arrive at Bar Bahar.  Try to get someone to pick you up because your knees do not need that downhill on the way back.
Park Begin 8-18k:  Enter the park past Mevo Beitar on Rd 375 and park on the left at the entrance.  Run down the asphalt hill and turn left and then right on the upper ridge trail.  The views are panoramic and spectacular and the trails are quite smooth and well groomed.  You can go as far as Yad Kennedy and then turn back.  If you are lucky, you might even encounter a friendly Beduin shepherd who will offer you a cup of sweet tea.
Park Brittania:  8-16k: Drive on Rd 38 towards Tzomet Haela and turn right at Tzomet Azeqa (rd 383).  The park's Northern entrance is 1.3 kilometers down on the left.  Drive up the hill to Tel Azeqa and park.  Then run down the asphalt hill and turn left, following the signs to Mitzpe Massua.  You will cross over Rd 353 (Lion Srigim Rd) and navigate many hills, cow pastures and possibly gazelles.  If you make it all the way to Mitzpe Massua, stop and enjoy the breathtaking view and then head back for a stunning 16k total run. 
 
Park Canada 6-14k:  Take Highway 1 towards Tel Aviv and exit at Latrun.  Turn right off the exit and the park entrance is a few hundred meters down on your right.  Park by the reservoir and follow the trail to Tel Ayalon.  Beautiful, constantly changing scenery and hundreds of cows who will be more afraid of you than you are of them.

Need an easy 10k? Start at jthe corner of Chatzav and Shoshan and run down Chatzav (250 meters) down to narkiss, turn left and take Narkiss all the way to the second entrance into Rakefet (not the one closest to Meuchedet) (1.5km). Left on Rakefet and continue until Hadekel (1 km). Left on Hadekel to Ben Zvi (300 meters), left on Ben Zvi to 38 (700 meters) and left again onto 38. Take 38 to the entrance to the Western Industrial Zone (1.25 km), turn around and head back for a nice 10k. If you continue to the RBS road and then turn around, it gives you 12.2 km.

Need a quick 5k? Try the Bet Shemesh 5k Course. Start in the parking lot of Ramat Neriya, run around the traffic circle and make a left heading to Rechove Herzog (aka the runway). Turn left on Herzog and run 400 meters to Rakefet , turn left and run down Rakefet entering Narkiss just after Meuchedet. Turn right when you enter Narkiss and do a circuit around the entire Narkiss, turning back onto Rakefet at the same place you entered from. Turn right on Rakefet and run up the hill, turning right on Hadekel and retrace your steps back to the Ramat Neriya parking lot.

Another good 5k option is the official Bet Shemesh 5k Race course. Start at the Memorial on Sderot Ben Gurion (150 meters from the turn off from Ben Gurion) opposite the Fire Station.  Turn right on Ben Gurion and then left around the traffic circle on Ben Zeev.  Climb the 1.7 km Ben Zeev hilland then turn right for 250 meters on Levi Eshkol. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the starting line.

Road 10. If you need to put in some mileage but don’t want to think too much about the course or risk getting lost, Road 10 (the back road which runs through the Industrial zone and stretches from Road 38 at the entrance to Big all the way to Road 375) is a good option. Start from the top of Shoshan and continue going straight (on Rechov Herzog) all the way to Road 10 (2k)(the one that leads to the Industrial Zone if you turn left). Turn right and take that 5 km to the end of Rd 10 (at the junction with Rd 375). Turn around and retrace your steps for an out and back 14 km. Beware of the nasty hill near the end when you turn left from Road 10 back unto Rechov Herzog. If you want a shorter run, just turn around before you get to Rd 375. If you want a longer one, you can either turn right on 375 and add some distance or begin or end with some Narkiss loops.
Loops
When you don’t want to go far from home but you need a good workout, doing loops around these courses is the closest thing we have in Bet Shemesh to a track. Here they are:
a) Narkiss loops: start from the end of Chatzav and turn either right or left (it’s a loop so it doesn’t matter). The loop is 1.89 km and is a great place to push yourself. The loop has uphills, downhills, and straightaways so you can work on any aspect of your running here. An additional benefit is that the local kids on Narkiss are always there to high five you or run a 100 meters or so with you.
b) Scheinfeld loops: Start at the park on the corner of Naftali and run down Rechov Shimon, turn left on Gad past Rabbi David’s shul, left on Reuven and back to the park. The loop is 1.23 km. If you want to expand the loop, you can continue right on Naftali and turn right just before the Scheinfeld shopping center and left onto Reuven (we call this the figure eight loop). The expanded loop is 1.74 km.
c) Dolev: 1.5km Nice rolling course with plenty of people out walking at almost all hours of the day. This is where the local schools have their 1500 meter time trials.

Hill Repeats: You can’t be a real Bet Shemesh Runner unless you run hills.... the gut busting, lung searing, quad burning kind which seem to lurk behind every corner. If you want to get fit and strong, hill repeats are a great way to do it. Here are some of the best:
 
The hill from the main traffic circle at the bottom of Hadekel and Ben Zeev gives rise to three great long hill possibilities. If you head North towards the center of town (Ben Gurion), you have a 1.5 km hill which ends at the kiosk on your left, opposite the Iriya building. If you head South, you have the 700 meter Hadekel hill which ends just before Rehov Hanurit. And if you head East, (towards Migdal Hamyim), you have 1.5 km of moderate climbing until the road ends.
 
The hill from the bridge at the beginning of Ramat Bet Shemesh Bet (on Nahar Hayarden) up to Nachal Dolev is 2.25 km (most of it very steep).
 
For a shorter but intense hill, you can try doing repeats on Hashoshan. From the mailbox to the top, it is 475 meters of abject suffering.
 
For uphill speed bursts, try Shivtei Yisroel (beginning outside the Sephardi Shul on Rechov Reuven behind the Scheinfeld shopping center). The hill is 350 meters and is great for building explosive strength.

 
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