The Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) is a non-profit non-governmental organization registered under the Ministry of Youth and Sports whose vision is to become the leading running expert organization in the Middle East. Its races have become by far the biggest and most popular sports events in Lebanon. Attendance and participation in the Beirut Marathon races continue to grow annually, and they command the attention of national and international media.
The Beirut Marathon Association was born out of one woman’s dream, a runner herself, who dreamed of bringing the running culture to Lebanon. After surviving a near fatal accident while running, May El Khalil brought the dream to life. From her hospital bed she oversaw the emergence of the Association she had aspired to create. Armed with determination, unwavering resolve, and the help of her family, friends, and a dedicated team of supporters from Lebanon and abroad, May succeeded in establishing one of the most successful running events in the region, the Beirut Marathon. On the morning of October 19th 2003, Lebanon witnessed a unique event in its history and hosted its first international Marathon.
Beirut Marathon Association Mission
The BEIRUT MARATHON Association’s mission is to passionately organize running events that inspire unity, positively change lifestyles, promote wellness, and provide an experience of challenge, achievement, joy, and glory; for the benefit of Lebanon, both now and for generations to come.
Honors and Recognition
Since the launching of that first race in 2003, the Association has grown and continued to thrive,garnering local and international recognition.In 2010 the IAAF granted the BLOM Beirut Marathon the Bronze label as an international standard road race event, The AIPS has presented the race with the “Power of Sports” award in Lausanne, and last but not least the prestigious Laureus award for the “Sports for Good Award”was handed over to the president of the Association by the iconic Morgan Freeman in a superb event in Abu Dhabi.
The Beirut Marathon has also become a point of reference in the organization of running events, offering its know-how and logistical assistance to many local and regional running organizations. Groups that organize races for charities and causes actively seek the BeirutMarathon Association’s expertise on a national and Middle Eastern regional level.
Beirut Marathon Association Vision and Objectives
By 2020, BMA will be a leading global expert running organization, attracting international runners, developing national talent up to Olympic standard, and organizing world-class running events.
Sports: To create a whole new generation of roadrunners and wheelchair racers in Lebanon, giving amateurs the opportunity to improve and professionals the chance to
Health & Fitness: To encourage healthy living through offering several training
Tourism: To promote Lebanon and the city of Beirut worldwide through attracting
international and elite marathoners
Charity: To enable charitable organizations within Lebanon to benefit from sponsored
In line with its objectives the Beirut Marathon Association has launched and implemented special running programs.
YEAP (Youth Elite Athlete Program): This program was designed to discover and encourage young running talents, and it involved youth from different age groups and schools in all Lebanese regions.
Beirut Marathon training program: This program was designed to create a cooperative training atmosphere for those who wanted to run better races. The program brought in internationally certified coaches to train both trainers and runners to achieve their best.
The Beirut Marathon offers a bundle of diverse sponsorship opportunities within its property.Besides its main partners the Beirut Marathon offers tactical sponsorship opportunities for targeted initiatives. The event allow partners to showcase their brand in a relevant and dynamic way, providing a unique chance to highlight their brand, products, services and corporate initiatives.
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