Runners take part in the marathon in Tripoli, Sunday, May 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Thousands took part in a half-marathon on a sunny Sunday in Tripoli, aiming to restore normalcy to the northern city and showcase its true image.The half-marathon highlights a different image of Tripoli, which has been plagued by the crisis in Syria with supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad engaging in intermittent clashes, leaving dozens killed and severely damaging the city's infrastructure and economy.Amid tight security measures, the half-marathon was divided into three stages: 3-, 7- and 21-kilometer races with Kenyan runner Henry Kibt coming in first place.Lebanese runner Omar Eissa was the first Lebanese to finish the 21-km race, followed by Hamzeh Mahmoud.
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