On September 17 2016, which is the Day of Sofia as well, this year’s edition of the “Tole-Fest” will start, a Festival of Tolerance. This event includes a “Tole-Run”, a marathon race through Sofia, on September 18.
The cultural part consists of a concert by Israeli Ethno-Pop singer Idan Raichel, a strong supporter of his home state. His “Acoustic Show” will take place at the Nu Boyana Film Studios on September 17. Raichel’s message: “Peace and tolerance in the world. Let’s build bridges, not walls”. Living in Israel, a state which has been facing hostilities, such as attacks and radical Islamist terrorism since its foundation in 1948, a state which has to defend itself against bias at the United Nations and in some European capitals, has left marks, not just on Idan Raichel, but on most Israelis.
The sportive part of the event, “Tole-Run”, will take place the next day, on September 18th, 2016. The marathon is divided into a “Fun Run” of 2 kilometers distance (this one is free) and the real thing: Trained runners may take part in a 13-kilometer marathon for 15 Leva, or, if booked after August 31st, 20 Leva. This includes the fee, a race number, a t-shirt, drinking water, and a medal. Ten percent of the revenue will be forwarded to the Red Cross, for a social cause yet to be announced.
The marathon starts and ends at Ariana Lake (next to Orlov Most). In between, the participants will cross Borisova Gradina, pass by Tokuda Hospital, hit the South Park and the city center, before moving back to square one, so to speak.
The “Tole-Fest” is being supported and powered by the Bulgarian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Israeli Embassy in Sofia, Pepsi and Mazda, just to name a few. The event does have an elegant website in Bulgarian.