A runner’s Journey to Marathon Success | By Paul Gains
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From enduring bombings to running the Beirut Marathon: One runner’s journey to marathon success

During a time of political crisis, Tsegai Tewelde had to leave his home in Eritrea. He moved to Scotland and focused on his running. Now, he’s preparing to run with the lead pack at the IAAF Silver certified Beirut Marathon.



Champions must often overcome formidable odds to achieve success but few have had to persevere through the obstacles life has put in front of marathon runner Tsegai Tewelde.

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About 40,000 runners are expected for the BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon on Sunday November 13 and while runners trot through the course, others may have a harder time getting around specific areas in the City of Beirut

In coordination with the security forces and concerned officials, the following streets will be closed Sunday  between 6 a.m. and 2:00 p.m ( They open gradually)

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Four years ago Sisay Jisa Mekonnen burst upon the world marathoning scene with a stunning debut at the 2012 Paris Marathon.

Jisa’s third place performance in a time of 2:06:27 caught many observers off guard. But the result was not a surprise to his many training partners, whom he entertains with his quick wit and sense of humour.