Masada for Runners

You can take the cable car, like everyone else, or pat yourself on the back after the Snake Path, but true athletes do Masada by runner's path.

Masada is Israel's most popular paid-admission tourist site, with nearly 800,000 visitors each year. The stirring combination of luxury desert fortress constructed by Herod the Great 2,000 years ago, its re-use as the last stand of the Jewish zealots who spearheaded the revolt against Rome nearly a century later, and the site's early-1960s excavation by eminent archaeologist Yigael Yadin is for many...