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

Micky Chebli: A Pursuit of Happiness
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When I was selected for the Beirut542 program, the first thing that crossed my mind was my early running days. Though I was – and still I am – a sportsperson, my connection with running began when I participated in a relay race eight years ago. From that point, I had started a new chapter in my life.

BMA Celebrates Horst Preisler’s 80th Birthday
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Horst Preisler, renowned German athlete and marathoner, celebrated his 80th birthday on August 2nd, 2015. The Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) team commemorates this day by mentioning Mr. Preisler’s most prolific running accomplishments.

BMA Officially Launches Beirut542 Season Two
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Saturday, August 8th, the Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) officially launched the second season of its community-based initiative, the Beirut542 training program at Beit Al Tabib, Beirut. The participants attended the launch, along with the program coaches, BMA staff, and local prolific speakers.