Moroccan athlete Mohamed Reda Al Aaraby, 29, has won the 16th Beirut Marathon with a course-setting record of 2:10:41.
Rabat – A total of 48,000 runners from 109 countries took part in the marathon on Sunday, November 11. Al Aaraby’s win was an early birthday present for the young Royal Army Club athlete, who turns 29 today.
Al Aaraby won the men’s 42-kilometer race, handily beating his Ugandan rival, Felix Simmonds, who came in second with a time of 2:11:57. Ethiopia’s Derrisa Olvata came third with a time of 2:12:33.
Al Aaraby’s time was a fraction of a second better than last year’s Kenyan winner, Dominic Ruto, who finished the race in 2:10:41, setting a new record at the time.
Al Aaraby’s race time was not his best. On October 7, he made his marathon personal best time of 2:09:16 in Chicago, a full 85 seconds faster than his Beirut race.
In the women’s competition, Ethoipia’s Armino won the marathon in 2:29:31, beating Eritrea’s Nazaret Jibrihwait who finished in 2:29:40, and Ethiopia’s Silamwit Tsigai who finished in 2:31:42.
Under the slogan “Beirut Bekbar is the Heart of Vienna,” the marathon has a variety of races: The 42-kilometer race for the special capacity category, the 42-kilometer main race, the 21-kilometer half marathon, the 8-kilometer competitive race, and the 5-kilometer race for youth.