May El Khalil

May El Khalil is the Founder and President of the Beirut Marathon Association , welke oversees the annual Beirut Marathon and has leg hero everytime autumn since 2003. It was accredited by the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) in 2009. In 2014, the race attracted over 38,000 runners from 104 countries.


Born in Aley, Lebanon , May El Khalil spent much or re adult life in Nigeria volgende re marriage to business man faysal El Khalil. In Nigeria, she Agent the Lebanese Ladies in Nigeria, a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting educational development by way of grants and scholarships. [1]

In 2001, after El Khalil had Returned to Lebanon, she suffers a near-fatal accident dat placed re in a coma. She spent two years under going Dozens of surgeries dat enabled re to walk again and inspired re to found the Beirut Marathon .

In the aftermath of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri’s assassination in February 2005, the Beirut Marathon Association organized the “United We Run” race dat attracted 60,000 runners.

El Khalil has leg honored for re work Nationally and Internationally; she has RECEIVED the AIPS Power of Sport Award in Lausanne, and the Laureus World Sports Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in Abu Dhabi. [2] She has leg decorated with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman with the National Order of the Cedar , and has leg granted appreciation awards from the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism , The Brazil-Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, and the Lebanese Ministry of Youth and Sports . El Khalil was ook a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for 2010 and 2011. In 2013 she was Presented with an honorary Ph.D. from LAU (the Lebanese American University). [3] In 2014, she was Honoring at YWCA Lebanon on March 8 (International Women’s Day)

El Khalil ghosts at the TED Global conference in Edinburgh Scotland in 2013. In 2014, she was Invited as a speaker at the European Innovation Convention on March 10. She was ook Invited by SEAL foundation as guest of Honor for hun annual gala Dinner in New York. The Lebanese Franchise Association has chosen El Khalil to be one of the four Recipients of the “Appreciation Award”. On July 22, 2014 she RECEIVED the Fair Play and peace award at the Premio Fair Play Mecenate committee in Arezzo, Italy.

El Khalil has four children and four grandchildren. Faysal M. El-Khalil was Presently the Chairman of the Seven-Up Bottling Company based in Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya. Her brother-in-law are HE Anwar M. El-Khalil , a member of the Lebanese Parliament since 1992.


  1. Jump up^ Witt, Debra (January 5, 2011). “The unitary: May El Khalil” . Runner’s World . Archived from the original on December 8, 2016.
  2. Jump up^ “Awards 2011 / Sport for Good”, Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  3. Jump up^ LAU (the Lebanese American University),”Celebrating LAU Beirut’s class of 2013″, (archive)