I love walking the streets of Yerushalayim, trying to get from Point A to Point B through side streets where I stumble upon shteiblach and kollelim, houses with interesting architecture, children at their games, sudden views of hills or skylines, streets named for fascinating people, and so on. A favorite is walking from the Central Bus Station to Rechavyah.
I often get turned around during these walks, and end up back where I started from. Streets curve back upon themselves counter-intuitively or run into dead ends, and sometimes it's just a matter of getting caught up in the scenery. Bottom line: I can certainly sympathize with the runners at the first Jerusalem Marathon this week:
J'lem Marathon ends in confusion; leaders run off course
The first-ever Jerusalem Marathon ended in some confusion on Friday as the three leading runners apparently took a wrong turn and arrived at the wrong finish line.
The first runner to arrive at the actual finish line was Kenyan Robert Cheruiyot with a time of 2:27:48, but later on Raymond Kipkoechh, 34, of Kenya was announced as the official winner with a time of 2:26:44 after apparently going off the course and arriving at the finish line of the half-marathon in a different location.
This would totally happen to me.