Today, The Mettleset launches a new series of bonus episodes, which complement our regular Monday interviews with athletes from the region. Our bonus episodes will bring to you a range of trending and topical discussions around sporting news, races and events, along with our co-founders Dawn and Afshan’s own training and upcoming races.
Hi Listeners, Afshan here!
The first in our series of bonus episodes documents my road to the Beirut International Marathon, which is on November 13. This is my first ever marathon and I believe it is a good opportunity to discuss why I decided to sign up for this one in Beirut (there’s a special story behind the origins of this marathon), what goes into training for a marathon and, later on, stories and experiences from others participants while I’m actually there!
In this first bonus episode, I, without my partner in crime Dawn, connected with Francoise Nehme, the head of operations for the Beirut International Marathon, to talk about its origins - its birth from the determination of founder May El Khalil who coordinated its inception from a hospital bed in 2002 - and its growth, attracting more than 112 nationalities from all over the world now. We also discuss its mission and message of peace and unity, with this year’s theme being “I am Beirut”.
Francoise also gives us a lowdown on the beautiful course, which takes you to historical sites and neighbourhoods, along with the pivotal role that the race has played and continues playing in unifying people and bringing hope during the country’s hard times. This isn’t the fastest or the oldest marathon, but we’re promised an energy and memories that will last with us forever.
You can follow them on Instagram @beirutmarathon
The marathon is accredited as a ’Silver Label Road Race’ by World Athletics, the international governing body for the sports of athletics. This means that the race satisfies important criteria concerning the organisational standards, course measurements, safety, medical standards and media services.
Our wider support team for this episode includes Editor JJ Thompson and our Artwork is by the talented Alexandra Hickey of Studio Theodore.
This marathon stands for more than winning or achieving a personal best, and that’s why we’re excited to share its story with you. We hope you enjoy!
Dawn & Afshan