Meet Rabih el Jammal: The First Lebanese Blind person to Run the Beirut Marathon

You clearly need to be extraordinarily match to run a marathon; you want stamina, endurance, months of coaching and clearly you want imaginative and prescient. You need to be capable to see the end line behind the hills, the buildings, the asphalt, the street that simply stretches below your toes, however that didn’t cease Rabih, who has been blind since age 16, from becoming a member of the Beirut Marathon this yr and be the primary ever Lebanese blind particular person to take action.

Rabih solely began working a yr in the past with the assistance of Mary Kley and is set to finish the 42Ok after he was in a position to end 7k, 10Ok and 21Ok runs. Mary will work as his pacer, which is somebody who runs with you to information you all via the race: when to decelerate, when to hurry up and when to cease. Mary’s process is twice as laborious as she wants to pay attention for 2 individuals and hold Rabih focus all through the entire run. “The most important problem they’ll face is that they’re tied collectively. Rabih runs holding a rope that’s hooked up to Mary’s hand, in any other case he wouldn’t be capable to observe the working monitor. One other factor is that Mary should warn him of bumps within the street, of runners round him and of any upcoming obstacles as they run. He could also be blind, however he has her imaginative and prescient”.

Mary and Rabih have been coaching with Workforce Walid as a part of the Beirut 542 program to run the Blom financial institution Beirut Marathon Beirut Marathon Affiliation on November 12, 2017.

Better of luck to those two excellent athletes and human beings and we can be cheering for them as they cross the end line!

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