I think that, at its core, a marathon symbolizes endurance and commitment. A marathon is something that people aspire to achieve; it is a high goal that once reached can change a person’s life forever. It’s a long-distance race that not only requires physical fitness, but mental fitness as well. People who run marathons are an elite type of athlete. They are the ones who can overcome obstacles and go all the way.

May El-Khalil, founder of the Beirut Marathon

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