Beirut International Marathon Is Officially Cancelled This Year

As the Lebanese anti-government protests continue and reach their 34th day, the media department at the Marathon issued a statement announcing that it has canceled the 2019 marathon that was set to be held on November 10 postponing it to November 8 of 2020.

 

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“In light of the current events that our beloved country is witnessing, the Marathon Association has decided to postpone its main event, BLOM BANK MARATHON, which was initially scheduled to take place on November 10,” the statement read.

In the statement, the association explained that “All Registered participants will be fully reimbursed once the banking system in allows it. The time and place, alongside further details concerning reimbursement, will be communicated as soon as the situation is clearer.”

 

It also expressed that the association “is deeply hurt by the decision and all the implications that came with it from financial, logistics and administrative considerations,” and apologized “to the running community, partners, volunteers, sponsors, NGOs and the society in general.”

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The Marathon association also promised to “renew its commitment to grow the running culture in through its targeted programs and multiple races held throughout the year, and reconfirms the date of the international marathon in on November 8, 2020,” praying “for a united full of wellbeing, prosperity and stability.”

 

The Marathon is an annual event that takes place in , . It was founded by May El Khalil, who brought the running culture to . The first-ever Marathon was held on October 19th, 2003 and attracted over 6,000 runners from 49 countries, and tens of thousands of Lebanese and international spectators.

The Marathon Association organizes many races, including the yearly Youth Race, Women’s Race, Half Marathon, and International Marathon, building the running community and culture across with the message of peace and love.

 

has been witnessing, and for 34 days now, a huge wave of protests across many areas as women and men, youth, children, clerics, and elders from all sects and classes have been dynamically protesting after years of anger over the social, economic and financial crisis.

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