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Elizabeth Wong

Elizabeth Wong

Dear family and friends,

When I was in 8th grade, I researched the Six Day War for History Day. I was astonished to read how Jerusalem – against all odds – was back in Jewish hands after 2,000 years! That research project sparked a lifelong quest to find out more about Israel. In 2019, I had the amazing opportunity to run the Jerusalem Marathon on behalf of Run for Zion (RFZ) during Israel’s 70th year of statehood and the American embassy’s first year in Jerusalem! I was amazed at how the community really came out to support sending me there. People who ordinarily would not be interested in Israel were fascinated about the idea of running a marathon there. Even more special, I was able to finish all 18 hills of the marathon and dedicate the race to my grandma, who is currently battling cancer, and take the finisher’s medal home to her!

March 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Jerusalem Marathon, and I hope to lead a small running team there with RFZ. For those of you new to RFZ, RFZ partners with various Israeli nonprofits to invest in orphans and at risk children, comfort terror victims, support Christian communities, and more. RFZ will also host three special community-building events: a pre-race pasta feed and prayer time, a Shabbat dinner (special meal, songs, and blessings), and a Sunday worship service.

Will you partner with me in sending me to the 2020 Jerusalem Marathon for this opportunity of a lifetime - to not only run the marathon, but also to lead a team there? I need to raise $5,000 by December 31, 2019.

To donate online, please go to: runforzion.com/elizabethcwong2020.
Run for Zion (runforzion.com) is a ministry of the Genesis 123 Foundation (EIN 83-0789162), whose non-profit status was recently approved by the IRS.

Thanks again for your time, consideration, and prayers.



P.S. For partners who give $150 or more or for those who will pray for team Go for the Gold weekly, I will send you a custom partner medal as a way of thank you!


There was an elf, too!

Christmas Tree and Santa on top of the mountain, hiked up with some great hiking buddies

Happy running trails from the east coast

What a view from the top of a mountain! Got to see Santa, an elf, and Christmas Tree, too!

Road to Jerusalem Marathon Week #2: Enjoyed a wonderful time visiting friends back east and during that time, had a chance to enjoy some of the scenic, rolling hills, reminiscent of reading some great poetry about the fall, golden leaves the provide the perfect frame for peaceful lakes. Upon returning home, did some cross training and hiked up a local mountain with some friends. It's rather amazing after some hills and more hills how the transition to the flats actually is a transition. So it's back to the treadmill for modified hills and searching for interesting paved long run rolling hills back in the Phoenix and East Valley area! One is reminded how - while one day can be easy taking in 9-10 mi, forgetting a water bottle can definitely make a flat run on a treadmill a LONG run. Reminder to self - bring a backup water bottle to have electrolyte drink for 5+ mi treadmill runs.


More fun sister running time

Getting to cheer my sister along for a 1/2 Marathon.

Road to Jerusalem Marathon Week #1: I'm going to kick off this running blog post with a great memory of running with my little sister. I've ran probably almost 40 races now, but one of the most memorable by far has been a couple weeks ago when I ran with and helped pace my sister for Malibu Half Marathon & 5K. While it was a far cry from either of our personal records (PRs), we shared much laughter, sweat, tears, and memorable views of a beach reminiscent of Katy Perry's California Gurls music video. The race reminded me of how any race effort - especially a tough race - is a team effort, from the small things like a team mate posting "You can do it" on a Post It on your car window to the locals with signs cheering you on to the family and friends encouraging and cheering on for the long haul. Malibu Half - my slowest time ever for a 1/2 marathon - taught me more humility going into the Jerusalem Marathon training schedule and also taught me consistency in the slower paces. Excited for this journey ahead and am buoyed by your encouragement and prayers! Update: I'm $2,390 of my $5,000 goal by 12/31/19. For a donation of ANY AMOUNT given today or tomorrow, I will mail you a Run for Zion partner medal as a way of saying thanks for being a part of Team Go for the Gold (my running team). If you want to join my team as a virtual runner, please message me, would love to have you join! #runforzion #marathon #jerusalem #jerusalemmarathon #runner #runners #marathons #marathoner #26.2 #marathontraining #marathonrunning #jlem #runforlife #jerusalemmarathon2020 #irunjlem


So thankful for great training buddies and friends! It was all our first Rim to Rim, and - just maybe - one day we will do R2R2R. But until then, completed hills initiation to start training for hills for Jerusalem Marathon! Woohoo!!!

The bold and beautiful and mighty Colorado River

This rock formation looks like a ship. Onward to the Colorado River, then the lovely 6,000 ft or so ascent over 14 mi.

Around Indian Garden on the lovely Bright Angel Trail, we had fun descending a couple thousand feet in the wee hours of the morning, to be greeted by the ethereal rays of morning, which lit the red rocks with splendor.

Scoping out the route from the North Rim

A couple of weeks ago, I experienced an amazing runners high. Sooo thankful for a great weekend with friends and to kick off Jerusalem Marathon training, woohoo! To face the inevitable hills (all estimated 2300 ft of up and down in the marathon), I ventured to the Grand Canyon to do my first Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, which for us was about 27 mi (yeah, first ultra marathon!!!?!!!) and 6,000+ ft of climbing, ending at 8,300 ft in 11 hours and 15 min or so of true grit work! Def super cool to finish this bucket list item with friends. Now, onward to Jerusalem.


First sister 1/2 marathon run in the books this past weekend! Was excited and elated to help pace for my sister. It was a gorgeous day, a bit cold in the beginning, but the California sun did not disappoint! I also got to work a bit more on relaxing and running form while pacing! One more week of hill "initiation", then full on to training for Jerusalem Marathon's 18 or so hills!!!!

During the race, we had many, many rolling hills and an abundance of ocean views.

Yay, first 1/2 marathon with my sister! More hill training with Malibu Half, fun times!


The partner medals! There are two different versions - one with the back noting Jerusalem Marathon 2020 and the other a noted verse about running the race with endurance!

We now have partner medals for partners who either donate $150 or those who will regularly/weekly pray for Team Go for the Gold for Run For Zion

Shalom y’all, Exciting announcements - 1) we now have partner medals for partners who either donate $150 or those who will regularly/weekly pray for Team Go for the Gold for Run For Zion; and 2) finally have a running team member on my team! Rhonda Morrison will be joining the team and am super excited to have idea share on training, new areas to train on hills in AZ (she’s a local), and maybe also music (she is a musician). For the running medals we will will have two versions - one with Jerusalem Marathon 2020 in back and the other with a scripture verse on running the race with endurance on back. Lastly, shout out to local artist Alyssa Mehlhorn, who gave these trees from Redding, CA (which survived a major fire and were dying) a second chance at life with her beautiful creations. Relationships built along the way on this journey is what it is all about, and excited invest in these to help you all feel a part of Team Go for the Gold! Excited for more hills and soon, Jerusalem !!! I am already over 30% of my goal. Any amount helps!


Will be working on form more in the next few months and fine tuning training!

Just recently got off the phone with a dear fellow local runner who will be joining my Go for the Gold! Running team for Run For Zion!!!! Super excited (words cannot fully describe)! Stay tuned for more info! (See picture jumping for joy :)). Looking forward to the camaraderie, sharing running training notes, working on form, finding NEW places with paved roads to train on hills here in Phoenix area (photos below are from the visit to CA at Monitor Pass and Sagehen Meadows).

Jumping for joy at Sagehen meadows. Yay, I have a future running buddy for team Go For the Gold!!!


Shalom y’all, Working on hill training to build up endurance for Jerusalem Marathon in 2020! This year, I’m doing more to help you all feel part of the team. For everyone that partners with me, I will personally hand deliver your prayers to the Western Wall. To those who partner and donate $150 or more, I’m partnering with a talented local artist to create running medallions with Run for Zion logo and Team Go for the Gold! (My small running team) on the back! So back to the story, wanted to see the fall colors and get more high elevation training in, so ventured off with family to see the eastern Sierras and Lake Sabrina. Here, took a nice job up to Blue Lake and went up about 1,500 ft to 10,400 ft elevation to see the graciously blue and sublime lakes! Excited for more hills and elevation training when back in AZ for Rim to Rim, then Jerusalem!!! I am already over 25% of my goal. Any amount helps!

A waterfall along the side of the path.

The fall colors are simply gorgeous to see while doing hill training.

Running near Lake Sabrina during a family trip, getting in some high altitude training in at 9,000+ ft.


Pushing through the hills.

Testing out the trails at 10,000 ft during fall colors.

Capturing some golden hues during some hill training. The leaves sounded like nature's tambourine in the sky.

Shalom y'all, What a week, it was a somber, emotional, reflective time as I had a chance to speak and play violin for my grandma's memorial service. She wasn't a runner, but she was a great supporter, cheering on even when she didn't have much strength. I'm reminded in life there are a lot of hills and valleys (hills below from Alabama Hills near Mt Whitney portal), and it's the big and small moments with friends and family that make a huge difference. This week, I was able to get some speed workouts in. It's quite nice doing these workouts at 70 or so degrees vs. the 100+ degrees of summer. :) Trekked out with friends to near running town USA (aka Flagstaff) to see the fall colors and hearing the wind blow through the leaves like nature's tambourine revitalized my steps. The crystal blue skies from around 9,000-10,000 ft were a beauty to behold, and looking forward to more hill training for the HIIIlLLLY Jerusalem Marathon (18 or so hills). I'm already 25% of my goal of $5,000! Please partner with me to for Jerusalem Marathon 2020 as part of Run For Zion! Also, I may have a fellow running buddy joining me as part of Team Go for the Gold for this marathon, so super excited! Please stay tuned!


Here's a picture of me presenting the 2019 Jerusalem Marathon to grandma. Love you grandma!


Death Valley is an amazing place to run, even at 111 degree or so heat! Tackled a few sand dunes before sundown. Thanks dad for the wonderful pic!

Some of the lovely hills and lingering snow my friends and training buddies encountered.

Almost sunset and the end of an epic hike at 9,200-12,633 or so feet covering 5,000 feet over 18 mi (went up and down several times). Hiking and trail running are a great way to enjoy hills!


raised of $5,000 goal

Recent Donations

1. Joyce Lee
Run your best and God bless you, Elizabeth❤️❤️
2. Nichole Lee Balanchi
3. Dhananjay Pandit
4. Ellesse Wong
So proud of you Liz!!
5. Eric Stallcup
6. Anonymous
Todah raba for all that you do!

Team Go for the Gold!