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About 8,000 multinational runners participated in the Beirut marathon, designed to empower women.
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Around 8,000 multinational runners participated in two races in downtown Beirut's "Run Forward, Enough Going Backwards" women's marathon on Sunday. The event was organized by the Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) and sponsored by Lebanon's First Lady Wafaa Sleiman.

The two races included a 10km race for women and those with special needs 14 years of age and above, and a 5km "Run For Causes" open to men, women and special needs of all ages. According to BMA, the idea was born out of the belief that sports can activate positive change in the world.

The main goal of the race, now in its second year, was to empower women. Both women and men took part, some carrying balloons as they crossed the finish line. A group of 50 women ran the 5km portion of the race to collect money and support friends suffering from cancer.

A delegation from the European Union, headed by Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, also took part.

A newspaper report quoted a Lebanese man running with the EU delegation as saying that all men should take part in the race to challenge the dominant "machismo" in the world.


/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Around 8,000 multinational runners participated in two races: a 10km race for women and special needs of ages 14+, and a 5km "Run For Causes" open to men, women and special needs of all ages.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

According to BMA, the event planners, the idea was born out of the belief that the values of sports should be spread to all in order to activate positive change in the world.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

A group of 50 women ran the 5km part of the race to collect money and support friends suffering from cancer.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Marathon winner Aregu Abbatte of Ethiopia stretched her arms in victory as she crossed the finish line.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

One of the races was a 10km track for women and those with special needs aged 14 years and older.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

One contestant knelt and thanked God after finishing the 10km race.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera
Both women and men took part, some carrying balloons as they crossed the finish line.


/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Motorcycles were not part of the race, but these female bikers showed up to support runners in the 10km challenge.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Lebanon's first lady, Wafaa Sleiman, sponsored the event and encouraged the women participating in the race.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

The top three winners of the 5km "Run For Causes" race posed on the winners' platform.



/Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Thousands of women participated in the Sunday races.




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Around 8,000 multinational runners participated in two races: a 10km race for women and special needs of ages 14+, and a 5km "Run For Causes" open to men, women and special needs of all ages.

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According to BMA, the event planners, the idea was born out of the belief that the values of sports should be spread to all in order to activate positive change in the world.

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A group of 50 women ran the 5km part of the race to collect money and support friends suffering from cancer.

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Marathon winner Aregu Abbatte of Ethiopia stretched her arms in victory as she crossed the finish line.

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One of the races was a 10km track for women and those with special needs aged 14 years and older.

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One contestant knelt and thanked God after finishing the 10km race.

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Motorcycles were not part of the race, but these female bikers showed up to support runners in the 10km challenge.

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Lebanon\(***)s first lady, Wafaa Sleiman, sponsored the event and encouraged the women participating in the race.

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The top three winners of the 5km "Run For Causes" race posed on the winners(***) platform.

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Thousands of women participated in the Sunday races.

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Around 8000 multinational runners participated in 2 races. A 10K race for women and special needs of ages 14 , and a 5K "Run For Causes" open to men, women and special needs of all ages.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/9b23ebc607a1e4ab05c521b0c279d4a4Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Around 8000 multinational runners participated in 2 races. A 10K race for women and special needs of ages 14 , and a 5K "Run For Causes" open to men, women and special needs of all ages.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/c58b25c325959ff2def09021cc09971b

According to BMA, the event planners, the idea was born out of the "Power of Sports" and the belief that the values of sports should be spread to all in order to activate a positive change in our world.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/c58b25c325959ff2def09021cc09971bFadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

According to BMA, the event planners, the idea was born out of the "Power of Sports" and the belief that the values of sports should be spread to all in order to activate a positive change in our world.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/e5d8d38a75d26bae4d21ea5fa6ad0606

A group of 50 women ran the 5 km part of the race to collect money and support friends suffering from cancer.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/e5d8d38a75d26bae4d21ea5fa6ad0606Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

A group of 50 women ran the 5 km part of the race to collect money and support friends suffering from cancer.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/84774c90c6b651b87a11c97ff543da03

Marathon winner Aregu Abbatte of Ethiopia stretches her arms in victory as she crosses the finish line.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/84774c90c6b651b87a11c97ff543da03Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Marathon winner Aregu Abbatte of Ethiopia stretches her arms in victory as she crosses the finish line.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/60368a5eacc4c682c275410859cbdeac

One of the races included a 10 km race for women and those with special needs, 14 years old and above.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/60368a5eacc4c682c275410859cbdeacFadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

One of the races included a 10 km race for women and those with special needs, 14 years old and above.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/71f16a6e6421320f303e5858e1dc967b

A contestant kneels and thanks God after finishing the 10 km race.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/71f16a6e6421320f303e5858e1dc967bFadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

A contestant kneels and thanks God after finishing the 10 km race.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/ab535fdc187c0c3017f4b0e7faae52c8

Both women and men took part, some carrying balloons as they crossed the finish line.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/ab535fdc187c0c3017f4b0e7faae52c8Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Both women and men took part, some carrying balloons as they crossed the finish line.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/783f746b4267f42f78d0fac660f225dc

Motorcycles were not part of the race but these women "bikers" showed up to support runners in the 10K challenge.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/783f746b4267f42f78d0fac660f225dcFadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Motorcycles were not part of the race but these women "bikers" showed up to support runners in the 10K challenge.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/2aeead7a8f120355d6bff25121b8bdca

Lebanon's first lady, Wafaa Sleiman, sponsored the event and encouraged the women contesting in the race.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/2aeead7a8f120355d6bff25121b8bdcaFadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Lebanon's first lady, Wafaa Sleiman, sponsored the event and encouraged the women contesting in the race.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/fd966c6c5d7e1c5f836466dbab7362d9

The top three winners of the 5 km "Run For A Cause" contest pose on the winners platform.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/fd966c6c5d7e1c5f836466dbab7362d9Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

The top three winners of the 5 km "Run For A Cause" contest pose on the winners platform.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/38ccc5ddaaa42ca6d1fb03860d0fa4c7

Thousands of women participated in the races.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Beirut_Women's_Marathon/slideshow/no-caption/38ccc5ddaaa42ca6d1fb03860d0fa4c7Fadel Itani/Transterra Media/Al Jazeera

Thousands of women participated in the races.



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