542

NUTRITION TIPS

Nutrition tips will commence along with the 542 training!

ABOUT 542

542 is a free of charge running program created by the Beirut Marathon Association. Since its foundation in 2014, and on a yearly basis, 542 opens its doors to the community for exactly 5 months before Marathon Day.  

The mission of 542 is to offer hopeful runners the training necessary to finish a marathon.  

In the world of distance running, commitment is key. Marathon day is the result of intensive weeks of training, sore muscles, bumpy feet, and exhaustion. Training is a journey of self-discovery: at times it becomes unpleasant as you log more kilometers during the run and your body refuses to go the extra mile, yet your mind is determined to make it happen. 

However, working with a team and the community has been proven to make this journey go smoother: training with a team is known to decrease anxiety levels and boost confidence at times of doubt. This is the power of 542: it gathers people from different backgrounds and breaks through barriers. It brings experienced runners and aspiring runners together as solid groups, or rather as new running communities, who are forging friendships that motivate and empower individuals.



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Runners Criteria

  • Runners must be 17 years or older
  • Runners cannot have ran a marathon (distance of 42.195KM) before
  • Runners must train 3 times per week. However, they can train more with the guidance of their coaches
  • Runners must commit to the 542 timeline which consists of attending weekly trainings, Sunday long runs, races and meetings (Kindly check the 542, 2018 timeline Section)
  • Runners will train to run the BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2018 under their responsibility
  • The Sundays long runs will be organized by the 542 crew
  • Runners MUST wear the 542 t-shirts during the Sunday long runs and during all races including the BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2018 even if they register through an NGO, university, school, bank or any other corporate organization
  • Criteria for the t-shirts branding must be abided by
  • Runners MUST wear their 542 wrist band during the Sunday long runs to be recognized, and therefore to ensure getting water and other needed support by volunteers on the course
  • Runners must agree to the following: The 542 Organizers reserve the right to use any photographs (including those of participants), motion pictures, recordings, or any other media records of the program, for any legitimate purpose including commercial advertising and distribution to Sponsors anywhere in the world
  • Runners MUST complete a cardiac screening test, which will be provided free of charge by the BMA in collaboration with Champs Fund
  • Runners MUST complete a body assessment which will be provided free of charge by the BMA in collaboration with Fitness Zone
  • Runners must agree to join WhatsApp groups set up by their coaches for communication and training instructions
  • Runners must agree to join the Facebook group, (Click Here) set up by the BMA organizers for better communication and training instructions
  • Runners will understand if the 542 program must be canceled under extenuating circumstances.
  • The 542 training program is free of charge however; applicants are required to pay for their registration fees to the BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2018
  • The 542 coaches are not professional trainers but are experienced runners who are volunteering their time and efforts for this program
  • Runners are not allowed to change teams once the training journey starts
  • In case of any internal/external complaint or incident, runners are expected to report to the BMA and/or 542 organizers, as they will do their best in dealing with the situation resourcefully
  • It is encouraged to have runners post about their training journey on their social media platforms using the #542, #RKD and #beirutmarathon to promote the spirit of running in Lebanon
  • Always be respectful of the environment you are using during your trainings. Do not litter the streets with plastic bottles, and always keep the space you use clean
  • 542 provides insurance that can only be effective during training sessions and if all the criteria are respected



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    Beirut Marathon

    Jihad El Bourji

    Date Of Birth 10 Feb 1973
    Hobbies Swimming, Music & Running
    Blood Type B+
    Races Completed BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2015, 2018
    Ismik Trail 136 KM
    OPAP Limassol Marathon 2016
    RunCzech Prague Marathon 2016
    Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2017
    IRAK 21 KM 2017
    Turkish 21 KM 2018
    Personal Best 3:14
    Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2015, 2018
    Runner 5 Years
    Beirut Marathon

    Walid El Kabbani

    Date Of Birth 15 December 1976
    Hobbies Running
    Blood Type O+
    Races Completed BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon, 2003 – 2017
    Saida Marathon 2017
    Jbeil – Beirut Marathon Distance, 2 editions
    Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris 2015
    Copenhagen Marathon 2015
    RunCzech Prague Marathon 2016
    Rotterdam Marathon 2017
    Triathlon, 7 editions
    Half Marathon, 50 editions
    Personal Best 3:19
    BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon 2011
    Runner 27 Years
    Beirut Marathon

    Jihad Shoueib

    Date Of Birth 17 February 1973
    Hobbies Running, Hiking, Hunting, Rafting, Drawing, Basketball, Music, Rappel & Climbing
    Blood Type A+
    Personal Best 4:09 - BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon
    40min12sec – 10 KM Race
    Runner Since 1985
    Beirut Marathon

    Ghassan Hajjar

    Date Of Birth 25 May 1968
    Hobbies Running & Swimming
    Blood Type A+
    Races Completed BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon, 5 editions
    Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, 2 editions
    BMW Berlin Marathon, 1 edition
    Personal Best 3:49
    Runner 5 Years
    Beirut Marathon

    Chukri Nakhoul

    Date Of Birth 10 February 1959
    Hobbies Running, Football, Tennis & Ski
    Blood Type O+
    Races Completed Ghazieh Race 2017
    Ghine Al Jabal 2016
    Zahle Race 2007
    BLOM BANK Beirut Marathon, 15 editions
    Raid Des Cedres Race
    Jabal El Cheikh 2011
    Barracks to Barracks Terry Fox Run
    Lebanese Army Race
    Cedar Green Aquatlon 2014
    Shore to Summit Triathlon 2012
    Personal Best TBA
    Runner Since 2003
    Beirut Marathon

    Michel Wakil

    Date Of Birth 18 June 1961
    Hobbies Running, Swimming, Ski & Travel
    Blood Type TBA
    Races Completed Over 50 Races accomplished with at least 25 Marathons completed in Beirut, Amman, Paris, etc ..
    Personal Best 3:22
    Runner Since 1998
    Beirut Marathon

    Maria Kiwan

    Date Of Birth 24 October 1994
    Hobbies Baking, Outdoors & Travel
    Blood Type B+
    Races Completed 4 x Marathons
    12 x 10 KM Race
    2 x 5,000m Race
    1 x Tower Run / 86 Floors
    Personal Best 3:35
    Runner Since 2015
    Beirut Marathon

    Wissam Kheir

    Date Of Birth 27 July 1980
    Hobbies Photography & Music
    Blood Type O+
    Races Completed Rotterdam Marathon 2017
    Berlin Marathon
    1 x Half Marathon
    Personal Best 2:59
    Runner Since 2008
    Beirut Marathon

    Karla Jabbour

    Date Of Birth 23 October 1976
    Hobbies Running, Ski & Travel
    Blood Type A+
    Races Completed Over 50 Races accomplished with at least 5 Marathons completed
    Personal Best 3:37
    Runner Since 1998
    Beirut Marathon

    Rocky Kiblawi

    Date Of Birth 25 March 1980
    Hobbies Running, Muay Thai, Hiking, Football, Diving, Spearfishing & All Sports
    Blood Type A+
    Races Completed 3 x Marathons
    6 x Half Marathon
    8 x OCR Obstacle Course Race
    5 x Trail Races
    35 x Between 5 – 10 KM Race
    Personal Best 3:33
    Runner Since 2015
    Beirut Marathon

    Ali Kedami

    Date Of Birth 10 April 1962
    Hobbies Art & Paint
    Blood Type O-
    Races Completed 18 x Marathons & Half Marathons
    13 x Ultra Marathons
    Personal Best 3:42
    Runner Since 2005
    Beirut Marathon

    Mary Kleyany

    Date Of Birth 29 May 1984
    Hobbies Nature & Exploring
    Blood Type O+
    Races Completed 3 X Beirut Marathon
    prague Marathon 2016
    cyprus Marathon 2017
    maratona Di Roma 2018
    ultra Marathon (4 Seasons Mountain Trail)
    woman Race, Half Marathon & Various 10 Km Races
    Personal Best 4:13
    Runner Since 2015
    Beirut Marathon

    Zouheir Nagi

    Date Of Birth 19 June 1969
    Hobbies Athletics
    Blood Type A+
    Races Completed All Beirut Marathon events and Races since 1986
    Personal Best 2:47
    Runner 30 Years

    HOW TO REGISTER

    Registration has closed.

    For further information about the program, contact our offices at +961 70 544 465

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    542 Code

  • 542 runners inspire others

  • 542 runners push their minds and bodies to the limit

  • 542 runners adapt

  • 542 runners embrace the pain

  • 542 runners never leave behind fellow teammates

  • 542 runners prove themselves through training

  • 542 runners give generously

  • 542 runners are future marathoners

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    542 Timeline

    The rest of the timeline will be posted at a later stage.

    Week Date Element 1st Group 2nd Group 3rd Group Start Location
    1 WEDNESDAY JUNE 20 Launching Ceremony 6:30 PM Beirut Digital District ADD/DROP PERIOD

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    CARDIAC SCREENING PERIOD
    SUNDAY JUNE 24 WELCOME RUN 20mins 20mins 20mins 6:30 AM ZAITUNAY BAY
    2 WEEK DAY - 15mins 20mins 25mins TBD TBD
    WEEK DAY - 15mins 20mins 25mins TBD TBD
    SUNDAY JULY 1 2nd Long Run 30mins 30mins 30mins TBD ZAITUNAY BAY BODY ASSESMENT PERDIOD
    3 WEEK DAY - 15mins 20mins 25mins TBD TBD
    WEEK DAY - 15mins 20mins 25mins TBD TBD
    SUNDAY JULY 8 3rd Long Run 5km 5km 5km TBD ZAITUNAY BAY
    4 WEEK DAY - 20mins 25mins 30mins TBD TBD
    WEEK DAY - 20mins 25mins 30mins
    steady pace
    TBD TBD
    SUNDAY JULY 15 4th Long Run 45mins 45mins 45mins TBD ZAITUNAY BAY
    5 WEEK DAY - 25mins 30mins 35mins TBD TBD
    WEEK DAY - 25mins 30mins 35mins
    steady pace
    TBD TBD
    WEDNESDAY JULY 18 Sports & Health Seminar 6:30 PM Beirut Digital District Training Kit Distribution
    SUNDAY JULY 22 5th Long Run 50mins 50mins 50mins TBD ZAITUNAY BAY