Could a marathon bring a divided nation together, even if only for one day?

Lebanon has been racked by civil war and political instability for decades.  So how do you introduce the concept of running to a nation that is constantly at the brink of war? How do you ask those who were once fighting and killing each other to come together and run next to each other? More than that, how do you convince people to run a distance of 26.2 miles at a time they were not even familiar with the word “marathon”?

Marathon runner, May El-Khalil suffered a major accident while running, spent two years in hospital recovering and needed a big dream to aid her recovery.  And the Beirut Marathon was born.

This is an inspiring TED talk which we really recommend you watch.


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