Walsh College

May El-Khalil Talk

Title: May El-Khalil Talk
Date: Monday, May 19, 2014    Add to Calendar
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Address: Walsh College - Troy Campus - Barry Center Lobby
3838 Livernois Road
Troy, MI 48083
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Contact Name: Liesl Scullen
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Contact Email: lscullen@walshcollege.edu

The Beirut Marathon is the largest running event in the Middle East. May El-Khalil founded it as an instrument of peace. Come meet and listen to May's amazing story of inspiration.

 

Hosted By:

The International Student Organization at Walsh College

Why You Should Attend:

The beautiful city of Beirut, Lebanon, has seen its share of tragedy, as a seat of Lebanon's long-running civil war (1975-1990) and the Israeli-Lebanese conflict that came to a head in 2006. But in 2003, May El-Khalil, a local sports official, decided: It's time to start a marathon, open to all, as an antidote to sectarianism. And despite ongoing political and security pressure, the Beirut Marathon, now entering its 11th year, has become not only the largest running event in the Middle East but a powerful force for peace. El-Khalil was inspired to start the marathon after a personal tragedy: a near-fatal running accident. Doctors told her she would never run again. She was hospitalized for two years and had to undergo a long series of surgeries. But the resolve from this personal struggle created an event that, each year, draws runners and fans from opposing political and religious communities in a symbolic act of peace. Other countries around the region are now thinking of replicating this model.  

FREE & OPEN TO ALL