Lebanese and foreign runners participate in the 8 kilometer (5 mile) Fun Run of Beirut International Marathon, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Under gray skies, Moroccan army medic Mohammad Reda al-Aaraby was first to cross the finish line of the 16th Beirut Marathon Sunday, with a record time of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 41 seconds.The full marathon stretched for slightly over 42 kilometers, beginning at the Seaside Arena before hugging the coast along the Bain Militaire in the west and Jal al-Dib in the east. In the weeks running up to the marathon, social media buzzed over the return of Kenyan marathon legend Wesley Korir, whom many had tipped to win.Over 47,000 runners from 109 countries participated in Sunday's events, which featured a half-marathon, a para-athletes' marathon and multiple shorter races in addition to the main 42-kilometer race.The para-athletes' marathon kicked off the races at 6:20 a.m.Anesthesiologist Said Tarraf completed his sixth Beirut Marathon Sunday.
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