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Race highlights spectrum of women's causes"We love you Nadine!" the emcee shouted Sunday at the Beirut Marathon Association's Women's Race. Nearly 10,000 people sprinted, jogged or casually strolled through Downtown Beirut as part of the Women's Race Sunday morning. Enveloped in the swarm, Nadine was joined by women of all ages promoting all sorts of causes, from Lebanon's only female presidential candidate Nadine Moussa to the outspoken leadership at Kafa, the women's rights group that was instrumental in pushing a domestic abuse law through Parliament. Last year men were barred from participating in the event, which drew just over 4,000 participants.Cranwell-Ward said the impressive turnout at the Women's Race also highlighted how many Lebanese were willing to stand behind important causes.A young woman, Luma, said she hoped the race would help change archaic attitudes about women's roles in society. There were more than 61 organizations espousing various causes, but a jovial camaraderie reigned as people jogged the 5- and 10-kilometer races.
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