Levy suffers from muscular dystrophy and took part in the event by way of a special cart designed and built by friends. He was accompanied by a staff of assistants and doctors in addition to MK Haim Jelin on the 55km trek.
The head of the Jezreel Valley Regional Council, Eyal Betzer, who helped launch the initiative, congratulated Levy and his friends for their determination and fortitude. Betzer also thanked the Israel Police for ensuring a safe and convenient journey. "You are riding in the most beautiful section in the valley, where everything is booming and wonderful."
The event was sponsored by Etgarim (Hebrew for 'challenges'), the Jezreel Valley Regional Council and Bank Hapoalim. Etgarim is an Israeli NGO dedicated to the social integration of people with disabilities through outdoor sports.
Etgarim CEO Avner Balkany said, "We are proud and excited to continue this wonderful tradition together with the Jezreel Valley Regional Council and our other partners for the road, at a leading social event for Etgarim riders. Alongside the physical effort, the participants enjoy contributing to the community and the empowerment of Etgarim members, who continue to break through daily boundaries. "
(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)