542

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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Selection Criteria

  • The 542 training program is a free of charge training program organized by Beirut Marathon Association to enhance long distance running in Lebanon. However, applicants are required to pay for their registration fees for the BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2019 in advance, which is scheduled on Sunday November 10, 2019. (Registration fees = $50)
  • In 2019, this program will be available in the following: Beirut, Jounieh, Saida, Brummana, Tripoli, Jeb Jennine
  • Runners must be 17 years or older
  • Runners cannot have ran internationally or locally a marathon (distance of 42.195 KM) previously
  • No refund policy in case runner withdraw from the program.
  • If any of the conditions mentioned above is not met, the applicant registration shall be cancelled



  • Training Conditions

  • If runners registered for the 542 while paying the BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2019 registration fee and turned out to have already ran a marathon previously. The 542 registration will be cancelled, however the registration for the race will stay valid.
  • 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
  • Runners MUST wear the 542 t-shirts during the Sunday long runs and during all races including the BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2019 even if they register through an NGO, university, school, bank or any other corporate organization
  • 542 Training and Race shirts’ terms and conditions must be abided by (Please check below those terms and conditions)
  • 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 Beirut Marathon Association in collaboration with Champs Fund
  • Runners must agree to join a WhatsApp group set up by their coach for communication and training instructions
  • The 542 coaches 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 Beirut Marathon Association 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, 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 met and can only be used in the presence of a Beirut Marathon Association accredited person.
  • Beirut Marathon Association and the 542 program’s terms and conditions could be altered, and BMA reserves the right to cancel the program under extenuating circumstances
  • Schedule

    Area Team TEAM NAME ASSISTANT COACH WEEKLY DAYS OF TRAINING TIME
    BEIRUT 1 TEAM WALID Walid Kabbani Majed Ajamy WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 6:00 PM
    Abed Razak Zoghbi
    2 TEAM ALI Ali Kedami Nayla Cortas TUESDAY & THURSDAY & FRIDAY 6:30 PM
    3 TEAM WISSAM Wissam Kheir GAELLE ABBOUD TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 6:00 AM / 6:30 AM
    4 TEAM GHASSAN & FIRAS Ghassan Hajjar DANIELLA FAYYAD TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 6:30 AM
    FIRAS BOUZEINEDDINE
    5 TEAM JIHAD SH Jihad Shoueib Nadim Barakat TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 PM
    SOUHAD MESHAKA
    6 TEAM ROCKY Rocky Kiblawi Samir Agha MONDAY / WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY 6:00 AM
    7 TEAM MOUSTAPHA & AYMAN Moustapha Ahmad TO BE CONFIRMED TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 PM
    AYMAN AYMAN
    8 TEAM MOHAMAD Mohamad Tabbara NADIA NEHME TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 PM
    9 TEAM FAHMI Fahmi Shouman Lama Saab WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 6:30 PM
    Simon Asaad
    10 BLIND WITH VISION TEAM Mary Kleyawi Sarah Hatoum TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 PM
    JOUNIEH 11 TEAM CHUKRI Chukri Nakhoul Samer Awabdy WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY 5:30 AM
    Joella Tabet
    12 TEAM JIHAD BO Jihad Bourgi Michel Chbeir TUESDAY & THURSDAY 7:00 PM
    Sarine Kechichian
    SAIDA 13 TEAM SAIDA Mohamad Ghaddar ABED EL MAJID NASSER TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:00 PM
    MATN 14 TEAM BRUMMANA Michel Wakil Karla Jabbour TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY & FRIDAY & SATURDAY 6:00 AM
    Barbara Aghaganian
    TRIPOLI 15 TEAM TRIPOLI Muhannad Abu Hussein BILAL JAMAL TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 PM
    JEB JENNINE 16 TEAM JEB JENNINE Belal Charanik Gerges Debine TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 PM
    Ahmad Abu Zeani

    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

    information will be added as they become available

    542 CREW

    Welcome to the 6 th edition 542 Crew Profile Form.
    The purpose of this form is for the sake of unifying all information and profiles of all 542 crew members.
    We at the Beirut Marathon Association truly look forward alongside you guys for an amazing edition ahead, hoping to uplift once again outstanding training program to the next level.
    We trust and count on your collaboration in providing us with accurate data and abide by the deadline that will be communicated with you