Every spring for the last 21 years the Raanana Race is held on a Friday in March.
It's a popular sports events attracting thousands of runners. There is a 10k competitive race and a 3k family race. There is also a competitive 10k race of hand-operated bicycles for people with disabilities. The main street is closed to traffic, and friends and families cheer the runners on along its course.
At the starting point of the race, near the entrance to the Raanana Park, runners start to assemble ahead of time. It's a festive event, with music and color. And then the louspeakers announce "3, 2, 1, go!" and the big human mass starts to move, at first circling the Ranana Park to the residential neighborhood of Lev Ha-Park, then a long, gradual climb uphill amidst ornage groves in the rural areas north of Raanana, then downhill due east along the wide Weitzman St., then south towards the center of the city and west along Ahuza, the main street.
So - next year come to Raanana in March, join us and run with us!It's good for you, it's heathy and it's lots of fun!
Purim is one of the happier Jewish holidays; there is a carnaval atmosphere, children (and many adults as well) dress up in all kinds of creative costumes, celebrating the miraculous redemption the Jews in ancient Persia at the time of King Ahasuerus and Queen Esther.
One of the Purim traditions is the parade, called "Adloyada". In Raanana the main street is blocked to traffic, and groups of schoolchildren representing all the Raanana schools parade down the street in costumes, some with quite elaborate floats, and perform their acts.
Proud parents and many local residents, young and old, watch and cheer. The parade is led by the Mayor, also in costume!