May El-Khalil Run 4 Lebanon
Sami Ammoun Lebanon 2013
The Beirut Marathon is the largest running event in the Middle East. May El-Khalil founded it as an instrument of peace. She gave a talk (Subtitled in arabic) at Ted organisation in June about her experiences about the marathon for making a peace.
Ted.com wrote a bio about May El-Khalil that she was inspired to start the marathon after a personal tragedy: a near-fatal running accident. Doctors told her she would never run again. She was hospitalized for two years and had to undergo a long series of surgeries. But the resolve from this personal struggle created an event that, each year, draws runners and fans from opposing political and religious communities in a symbolic act of peace. Ref. Ted.com.