5 Nearby Marathon destinations to run in 2017
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It’s official: running has become a widespread hobby. Everywhere you go in Lebanon you see colorful bandanas and funky hats bobbing around the mountain, city streets and the cornice. We have embraced running as part of the health craze sweeping the nation.

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Running is good for your mood no matter how young or young at heart you are! Add to it a little sightseeing and you’ve got a complete travel experience you’ll never forget!

If you’re looking for a running event not too far away, not too costly and not too difficult to organize, here’s what’s going on around the region in the coming months.

Pack your bags, clear your schedule and get in touch with the Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) who can assist you with registration, special travel packages and hotel bookings. BMA is in direct contact with the organizers of the following races and as usual Mr. Albert Cheaib is there to help with any required information.

March 5 – Logicom Cyprus Marathon

 

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The main distance of the event which features breath-taking scenery from Start to Finish. Starting at Aphrodite’s Birthplace, the course follows a coastal route along the Mediterranean sea. Throughout the course you will discover the small and traditional villages of Pafos and enjoy the famous Mediterranean hospitality with fluid stations every 3km and cheering support in most of the course. The course is accreddited by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) and is clearly marked at every kilometer.

The Marathon will start from Petra Tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Birthplace) Register here

March 19- Limassol, Cyprus – 42K Marathon and 21K Half Marathon

 

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Registration is Free of Charge through Beirut Marathon Association

The famous Limassol promenade is the start of this yearly awaited event, with its lush palm trees and translucent water.

The Marathon slogan “Run with a smile” is a good sign if you ask me! You’re already off to a good start in this party capital.

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This package below is exclusive to Beirut Marathon runners only, so please contact Race Director Wissam Terro if you wish to guarantee a spot (e: albert.cheaib@beirutmarathon.org tel:+96170984039)

  • Free entry to the race of their choice
  • Accommodation for 2 nights to the official Limassol Marathon GSO Hotels
  • Official Limassol Marathon T-Shirt
  • Microchip Timing by MyLaps
  • Finisher Diploma
  • Finisher Medal
  • Free Pasta Party Pass
  • Free After Party Pass
  • Race Pack delivered to your hotel upon arrival
  • Free Transportation from your hotel to the start line at the race day
  • Free Transportation from your Hotel to the Start Line
  • Flight tickets are not included
Bed & Breakfast
Single Double
3 Star Hotel €146 + €48 per extra night €208 + €54 per extra night
4 Star Hotel €200 + €75 per extra night €280 + €90 per extra night
5 Star Hotel €246 + €98 per extra night €340 + €120 per extra night
Half Board
Single Double
3 Star Hotel €162 + €56 per extra night €228 + €64 per extra night
4 Star Hotel €230 + €90 per extra night €356 + €128 per extra night
5 Star Hotel €280 + €115 per extra night €410 + €155 per extra night

 

April 14 – Dead Sea, Jordan- 50K Ultra Marathon and 21K Half Marathon

 

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Organized by Run Jordan, this one of a kind adventure has everything to enchant you. The Dead Sea area is one of the most fascinating and historic places in the world, and it would be a great opportunity to enjoy some sightseeing around the desert and the city.

Don’t be startled that it’s an Ultra Marathon…if you can run 42K you can run 50K.

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April 23 -Sidon, Lebanon – 42K Marathon, Special needs 42K, Relay 42K

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Hello Saida! The capital of the South is celebrating becoming the first handicapped friendly city in Lebanon. With its first international marathon we hope that it will be a success and that Sidon will keep spreading this message of peace and social equality.

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November 12- Beirut, Lebanon- 42K Marathon and 21K Half Marathon

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What can be said about the BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon?

I remember the first time I saw the START line. All that energy and emotion affected me so much that I started crying even though I had never thought I’d be a part of it!

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Now in its 15th year, it has become the region’s biggest and most anticipated social event gathering Lebanese and visitors for a day of celebration within the capital. What a festival of life and colors this will be!

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Do you know of any other running events in the region? email me at: carozakka@gmail.com

Download Our App Before the Youth Race!!
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You’ve proven that Inta Akid Adda!

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You’ve registered for the 2nd BankMed Youth Race on April 10th, 2016 taking place at Marina Dbayeh. Have you downloaded the Beirut Marathon app yet? If not, continue reading to find out why you should!!

 

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If you  have registered to run in the Bankmed youth race, click on this link to find out everything about the race.

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DOWNLOAD THE BEIRUT MARATHON APP!

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Friends and family can track you during the race!!

Did you know, your friends and family can follow you on the Beirut Marathon app while you race?!

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Yup! That’s right.  Download the Beirut Marathon app for FREE

For IOS click here

For android click here

You can also find the links on our website.

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Once the app has been downloaded, you will see the below screen. Click the 3 arrows on top of the image.

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Once you see this menu, select ‘Tools’

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You can now login.

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You have the option to login with Facebook.

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Select ‘Enable Tracking’

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Enter your bib number and click submit.

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Now your friends and family can track your location while you race!!

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They can cheer you from their phones anywhere they are!!!

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Find out how you did!

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Besides your friends and family tracking you, you can also check how many racers you ended up passing during the race! In the main menu, click on ‘Youth Race’, click on ‘My Followers’ enter your bib number and find out!!!

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Good luck at the race!!!

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Inta Akid Adda! Run this April 10!
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On April 10th, 2016, you can join thousands of runners at the 2nd BankMed Youth Race, Marina Dbayeh.

Step up, compete with your friends, and run for an NGO of your choice.

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Run with us towards success in running and in life.  Set big goals and work hard towards achieving them. You will have  fun. No prior running experience is required! Akid Adda! Run!

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We have a few race categories you can choose from:
2000m Race (7-13 yrs / Competitive)
– 2000m Special Needs Race (7 -17 yrs / Competitive)
– 5000m Race (14 -17 yrs / Competitive)
– 5000m Fun Run ( Open Age )

If you’ve ever wondered how do people manage to run the distance, which might seem like a long way at first…

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Wonder no more! our races are doable for just about anybody, and you can start training for one! Check out Beirut Marathon’s training Tutorials here.

 

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Don’t forget that the registration fee is only 5000LL and will be completely donated to NGO’s that specialize in youth causes.

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Why should you run?

Running helps you feel good.

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Running empowers you.

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 You can set goals and achieve them.

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You can Support your community.

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You can own that finish line!

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 Most Importantly, you should run to have…

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Ready to take on a race? You’re in the right place. We’ re here to help you get signed up and prepped for your race whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner. Check out these awesome tutorials.

 

In the end, RUNNING..

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Is a sport that improves your physical, mental, and emotional well-being whilst learning the importance of doing good AND having fun doing so! So…What are you waiting for?

To learn more about the race, the NGOs we are supporting and the registration process, please visit this link.

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What’s new this year?

We have taken all precautions to ensure all the runners’ safety. Every runner shall meet at the set gathering point before and after the race until their guardian picks them up.

The entire track will have the Red Cross, judges, and volunteers throughout; there will be cheering points at every 500m; and there are go-pro cameras throughout to film the race.

The registration fee of 5000LL is considerably much lower this year, and will be completely donated to NGO’s that specialize in youth causes.

One more new thing- Meet your sports idol through the tomorrow’s heroes program.

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Four amazing Lebanese heroes have a full day program set for you! Get to know more about Sylvio Chiha, Mona Francis, Chirine Njeim and Elie Rustom.

Follow the link to write to us about your favorite hero and you could win a full day to spend with them, get to know them more and have fun activities together.

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Running is a fun sport that everyone may enjoy and develop a great amount of self esteem. It also is a great method to get people to learn the importance of health and fitness from a young age. Through dedication and persistence, runners can reach that finish line.

The slogan of the 2nd annual BankMed Youth Race, “Akid Adda! Run!” revolves around that concept.

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Use the race hashtags and share with us your training journey all the way to April 10: #akidadda #beirutmarathon #Bankmedyouthrace

Benefits Of Joining A Running Team In Lebanon
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If you are an amateur runner, the thought of joining a running club might be daunting. You are possibly visualizing intimidating images of super fit runners dressed in designer Lycra outfits with high-tech gadgets, while you’re panting and trying to catch up. Get that image out of your head now. What you’re imagining is far from the truth. Stop thinking whether you are good enough or fit enough to join a running club and just do it. Why? Read on to find out!

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We all run for different reasons, be it to get fit, to lose weight, or to complete races.   Whatever the motivation is, there are persuasive reasons to why joining a running club or team can help make your running experience better.

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Coaching.
Most running clubs and teams are run by coaches who will teach you how to improve your technique to run safer and more effectively. The coach will show you the right way to run, give you tips on training methods and/or train you for an upcoming race. Your running buddies will share their experiences with you and you will find them providing you with the most invaluable advise that will prevent you from making mistakes.

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Motivation.
Your running buddies will vary in skill levels, social backgrounds, and statuses, however, what they all have in common is motivation. Whatever your purpose to run is, being surrounded by other runners will motivate you. You will gradually see yourself improve in your distance and speed alongside a group of runners who will support you and push you to do your best.

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Accountability.
Even professional marathoners who run alone decide to spend an extra hour in bed or skip running after work because they are too tired. When you commit to a team, you are far more likely to show up and run.

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More fun.
Sometimes you would want to run on your own to clear your mind but on most days, you would find it more enjoyable to run with a group of people. Your running buddies will end up becoming your friends who you socialize with while running and possibly also find other common hobbies and activities you would enjoy doing together.

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Runners watch out for each other.
You won’t be huffing and puffing at the end of the lot on your own. Chances are you will be huffing and puffing with others. Running mates look out for each other. If you fall behind on a training run, someone will constantly check on you and/or run back to be with you. No you won’t be bothering them and slowing them down. Runners are a lot friendlier than you think

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Where to start?
There are several running clubs and teams to choose from in Lebanon. We’ve compiled a list of the most active ones. Find one that suits you best in terms of location, timing, and runners you find yourself comfortable with.

You’re all set, now Start RUNNING!

BDL Beirut Marathon Highlights
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Against all odds, and despite what Lebanon is going through, the Beirut Marathon succeeded once again in transcending its status as a mere sports event to become a national celebration of hope, unity, and peace. This unbeatable spirit is one of the reasons that brought together 37, 811 runners on the streets in 2015.

A big thank you goes to all the #peacerunners who took the streets this November 8 at the Silver Label “Banque du Liban Beirut Marathon” (BDLBM), organized by the Beirut Marathon Association.

The thirteenth edition of this silver labeled international running event brought people together from all over the world and from all Lebanese regions and backgrounds to run in the streets of Beirut.

This is what happened on Nov 8, 2015:

  • We have a new course record of 2:11:04, the fastest one we’ve had in 13 years held by Jackson Limo
  • 16,947 participants ran for one of the 120 partner NGOs
  • Paula Radcliffe, World Marathon Record holder, was the official guest
  • Out of 66 #Beirut542 first time marathoners, 65 made it to the finish line
  • The last finisher of the marathon distance crossed the line in 7hrs: 22mn
  • In collaboration with Offre Joi and all the municipalities involved, the Beirut Marathon participated in cleaning the trash around the course prior to, and after marathon day
  • LBC broadcast the event live for a full 4 hours

Ever since its first edition, the International Beirut Marathon has been growing in popularity and participation; attracting more and more runners each year, and creating a true culture of sportsmanship in the country. Schools, universities, corporate teams, charities and NGO’s were all active participants in the event this year.

It has always been the goal of the Beirut Marathon Association to promote the values of running, and through those values to reach out to society at large and to make a positive impact on the country and its people.  This year’s marathon was a continuation of the road towards peace through sports; because after all, peacemaking is a marathon

See you all in 2016, make running a resolution!