May El-Khalil

May El-Khalil

President of the Beirut Marathon Association

May El-Khalil is a sports official from Lebanon, and a speaker devoted to promoting peace in the Middle East. El-Khalil was a runner and an athlete for years, and faced a personal tragedy that inspired her to create a non-profit promoting peace.

Back in 2001, El-Khalil was hit by a bus while she was out for a run. She sustained serious injuries and was in a coma for quite some time. She had to undergo a series of surgeries before she could walk again. When she recovered, El-Khalil created the Beirut Marathon. The Beirut Marathon is the largest marathon in the Middle East and is currently in its eleventh year. Runners come together and run to raise money for various causes.

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