TEDGlobal newsmakers: May El-Khalil on the meaning of marathons

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This weekend, the Beirut Marathon hosted its first-ever all-female event. Many runners wore pink. Photo: courtesy of the Beirut Marathon

This weekend, the Beirut Marathon hosted its first-ever all-female event. Many runners wore pink. Photo: courtesy of the Beirut Marathon

On Sunday, May 26, two rockets soared over Beirut, Lebanon, hitting a Shi’ite Muslim area in the southern part of the city. The rockets raised fears that Beirut could become embroiled in the civil war raging in nearby Syria. And yet, these bombs did not stop women throughout the city from lacing up their running sneakers and taking to the streets to run their hearts out. May 26 was also the day of the Beirut Marathon’s first all-female event, the 10K Women’s Challenge. About four thousand woman participated, even as news of the bombing spread.

The Beirut Marathon was founded by May El-Khalil, who will speak at TEDGlobal 2013 on June 12 during the session “World on Its Head.” With the 10K Challenge shining a spotlight on…

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