Runners in Tyre.(The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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"My blood has been spilled in the Lebanese village of Rmaish," French Reserve Col. Laurent Hasard said, as he stood to catch his breath in Tyre's Roman amphitheater.Hasard and 249 other contestants from the Lebanese Army's Litani Unit and the French U.N. Reserve Battalion participated in the ultramarathon, which spanned 125 kilometers, and required a total of 14 hours over two days to complete.Gen. Charbel Abou Khalil, who heads the Litani Army Division, and Gen. Michael Grintchenko, his counterpart in the U.N., along with a number of Lebanese and international officers and delegations representing Tyre and its adjacent municipalities.The race was held as a demonstration of solidarity with injured Lebanese Army personnel and to support the Organization of the Late Brigadier General Francois al-Hajj and the French Brothers in Land Organization.
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