Saida International Marathon – Live Updates
This is it for the Saida Marathon Updates. Thank you for having been with us through it all!
It’s a wrap for the Saida International Marathon, let’s now wait for the podium and results.
10:25 AM: Sara Joe Kortbawi wins the 7k run
Elie Mchantaf: “This is a dream coming true. We need more love, more peace and more sports. We need sports. I didn’t hesitate for a second when I was asked to be part of the organizing body of the Marathon.”
10:12 AM: Geroges Wehbe, Ahmad Ghoul, and Hasan Diya are the top 3 finishers of the special needs race and Rita Saade and Marie Noel Gapy are the women medalists.
10:07 AM: Young and old are all taking part in the Fun Run
9:28 AM: A female runner is getting closer to the finish line of the 42k race
9:26 AM: Omar Abou Hamde finishes the 7k competitive run in first place.
9:15 AM: And so it begins, the biggest race of the day, aka the Fun Run with around 15000 participants, including MP Bahia El Hariri and Fouad El Sanioura
9:13 AM: The Fun Run is on its way.
9:03 AM: Almost 6km to go in the marathon!
President of Athletics Federation Roland Saade: “This is a new page for Saida and has been written thanks to athletics. It is not easy at all to organize a 42km marathon and Saida was up to the challenge.”
8:25 AM: The 3k competitive race is on with 1100 participants!
8:16 AM: Gapy Marie Noel makes it in the second place.
8:13 AM: The parent/children race is over. Amazing atmosphere among all participants.
8:10 AM: The participants of the 42km race are almost halfway there.
MP Bahia El Hariri: “The Marathon is an event that brings people together, and we should encourage such events. Saida has gone through a lot of rough times, but fortunately for us, we have managed to overcome it. This a message from Saida to all Lebanon.”
Mr. Mohammed Al Saoudi: “All big projects don’t succeed without a challenge. As you can see, everything is going according to plan. I have always been proud of Saida and this event just warms my heart. We have proved that it is a city of life, and not one left behind.”
Big and warm thanks to the Red Cross, always making sure everyone is safe and sound
7:27 AM: SIMA President, Dr. Naser says: “stay tuned for our upcoming plans. Saida loves a challenge and we have proved that we can handle our responsibilities. We have tons of plans for the future just wait and see!”
7:19 AM: Lebanese champion Silvio Chiha talks about the importance of having sports events like this in the country. He is also supporting Hasan Dia and all special needs runners.
7:01 AM: The special needs 21km race kicked off.
6:55 AM: Almsot 20 special needs runners are taking part in the Marathon, Cheers to these soldiers!
6:50 AM: The first race of the SIMA has officially started with the half marathon and almost 15.000 participants running in the first edition