The Beirut Marathon is the largest running event in the Middle East. May El-Khalil founded it as an instrument of peace.
The Beirut International Marathon (BIM) is a non-profit non-governmental organization registered under the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Lebanon. Beirut International Marathon is an annual event that takes place in Beirut. The first ever BIM was held on October 19, 2003 and attracted over 6,000 runners from 49 different countries and tens of thousands of spectators in Lebanon and around the world.[citation.
These numbers increased every year which became 32.000 runners in BLOM Beirut Marathon 2009 from 71 different countries.
The race, created by businesswoman May El-Khalil, has the theme of unity at its core. Reaching out to all sides of the political spectrum in Lebanon, the day’s events also include a 3 km race for MPs of any political allegiance, as well as members of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon stationed in the country. (Wikipedia)
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