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Pictures and Inspiring Stories From The 2014 Beirut Women Race

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I proudly took part in the Beirut Women Race last Sunday and ran the 5K in support of women and their rights in Lebanon. Almost 10,000 attended the event running for fun, for women and for official causes making it a successful and joyful one.

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Here are some of the inspiring stories that happened on that day and are worth mentioning:

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The winner of the 10k race was Aregu Abate with a new course record at 41:06. For those of you who are not familiar with Aregu, she’s not a professional athlete coming from abroad to participate, but instead a housekeeper who works in Beirut for the awesome blogger Sietske. Aregu ran for “all the nannies, housemaids and cleaning ladies, showing that change is possible”. I’d like to meet her and Sietske one day because their story is quite an amazing and inspiring one! Read it all [Here].

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One of the participants Rita, who’s on wheels, was assisted by her blind friend Liliane and they both completed the 10k.

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Another participant finished the whole 10k barefoot. I honestly don’t know how she managed that as it was very hot.

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One of the most inspiring stories from this race was Zena Mhanna’s, as she was running over all “that is dark and negative and painful in her life”. I’ve read her story like 3 times and cannot but admire this girl for her strength and courage. I hope she won’t have to face any difficulties or tragedies in her life anymore and wish her all the best!

Check out other awesome stories on Beirut Marathon’s website [Here].

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On a last note, MARCH performed a great stunt to raise awareness on violence against women that I posted about a couple of days ago.

PS: Pictures that aren’t mine were taken from Beirut Marathon’s Facebook Page.

Brazilian Football Legend Pelé played for Lebanese Nejmeh SC in 1975

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Pelé played a friendly game with the Lebanese team and scored 2 goals which were never included in his tally of 1281 career goals. Here are a couple of pictures and videos I found on this game that occurred a week before the start of the civil war. Brazilian star Bebeto also participated in a friendly game with Nejmeh back in 2003.

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Ghassan Sarkis Back To Lead The National Team

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I can’t believe they appointed once again Ghassan Sarkis as head coach of the Lebanese National Basketball Team. That’s just unfreakin-believable! He’s been failing miserably with the National Team year after year and there’s no reason to keep him.

Personally speaking, I would have opted for a young coach like Joe Moujaes or a foreign coach like Subotic assisted by Joe Moujaes or Fouad Abou Chakra.

17-year old Lebanese Abdel-Ghani Ramadan Joins Manchester City’s Youth Program

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Abdel-Ghani will be the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club. Back in December 2013, Manchester City signed a highly talented Swedish player of Lebanese origins called Zackarias Faour.

This is great news for Lebanese Football!

Manchester City have signed Abdel-Ghani Ramadan to their famed youth development program the Academy, making the youngster the first Lebanese player to represent a Premier League club, local newspaper Al-Liwaa reported.

The 17-year-old from the coastal town of Barja immigrated to Belgium at a young age before his football talents saw him sign for Greater Manchester side Ashton United. [DailyStar]

My Top 5 FIFA World Cup Songs

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The official song for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is out and it’s a horrible one. I can’t believe they picked Pitbull for such a song. Looking back at the old world cup songs, whether official or not, the “Carnival de Paris” is by far my favorite one.

You can check it out below:

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The other four World cup songs that I like are:
2- Shakira – Waka Waka
3- La Copa De La Vida – Ricky Martin
4- Los Ramblers – El Rock Del Mundial
5- K’NAAN – Wavin’ Flag

Beirut Marathon Association’s Women Race On May 4 – #RunForward4

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The BMA is organizing on May 4 the second edition of the Women’s race. The run is meant to empower women through running by showing a positive and powerful image of the Lebanese woman, as well as raising funds and awareness for causes.

There are two races you could register for:
- 10Km all women challenge
- 5Km men, women and children support run

You can find more details [Here].

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Lebanese Desert Runner Ali Wehbe Running For Autism

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Ali Wehbi is a Lebanese extreme runner and the first Arab ever to join the very private 4 deserts club. Ali enjoys running in extreme conditions and completing new challenges. He is one of 125 runners to complete the four deserts and the first Arab ever to enter the 7 continents race. He also took on an adventure in the North Pole in the toughest of conditions. He is known as Alain Wehbi in France.

Having said all that, Ali Wehbe’s next adventure will be running Lebanon for 12 days in 12 marathons in order to raise awareness and support the Lebanese Austism Society (LAS). Ali Wehbi will cross around 550km and will make 11 stops. During each phase of the marathon, he will be accompanied by students from 12 different schools.

The race kicks off on April 2nd and ends on April 13 2014.

Lebanon MMA Heavy Weight Champion Mark Tanios Defeats Egyptian Mohamad Abdel Karim At Bahrain’s Desert Force Championship

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Lebanese Champion Mark Tanios claimed his second consecutive win in the MMA Heavy Weight Title after defeating Egyptian Mohamad Abdel Karim at the Desert Force Championship that was held in Bahrain last week. He got unanimous decision over the Egyptian fighter and is now a step closer to the regional MMA Heavy Weight Title.

Congrats to Mark and to the Lebanese Mixed Martial Arts Committee who is preparing our MMA fighters in the best way possible! Prior to the tournament, Mark was sent to a 40-day camp At Montreal’s Tristar Gym and was supervised by Feras Zahabi, the trainer of the UFC Champion Georges St Pierre.

You can check out more pictures [Here].

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