“Running has given me life with all means! It’s my time for me. It’s the only place where I find myself”
Running has given Ala a new understanding of life, and a mean to give back.
Ala has been running for 15 years now. She wears her pink tutu and runs. Her family and friends call her the runaway bride as she runs long distances all over the world.
Raised in Baltimore-US Ala developed a love for Lebanon as well. All the way from the USA Ala supports the “Beirut Marathon” races by dedicating some of her runs for Lebanon among her other causes.
Having a dad Marathoner pushed Ala’s training runs to an average of 180km per month!
In the Month of May Ala ran for Children Cancer Awareness, pledging the runs for Taylor; a toddler battling neuroblastoma cancer and helped her fight it like a heroine,
Taylor is now cancer free!
Ala also ran for another toddler named Joshua who was battling eye cancer and now he’s cancer free!
“Through a common pledge platform and increased donations participants were asked to log in their run miles and each mile was matched with certain amount that goes directly to funding the children cancer research and treatments . I honestly wish we can have a similar platform in the Arab World” says Ala Beydoun
From the hilly tracks to the muddy ones, Ala has been through all kinds of races.
“The Dead2Red Relay Race was held on March 13-14,2014 we were 10 runners and I was the only female runner..we started running March 13th at 4:00pm till the next day March 14th non stop! Yes I swear NON STOP! I witnessed dawn and dusk..foxes, dogs, wild animals..it was quite challenging because I have Cynophobia but I found in me strength I never knew I had and was able to continue all the way finishing strong in19h 30 mins.. it was such a life changing experience”
Ala reached out to us through the Beirut Marathon Facebook page “I saw the forward movement and women Race posts. I felt so proud of this initiative to dedicate a running event in Lebanon for Women, it must be such a rewarding experience to partake in such event”
Ala’s future running projects do not exclude Lebanon as a destination “I hope I’ll get to run a race in Lebanon, I will dedicate it to women empowerment through sports, and through running specifically. Lebanese Women are unstoppable! They’re strong, resilient and successful and have all the right to be heard”
Running gives people a chance to become the best they can be in Life, it also gives people a chance to give back to the community and help save lives.
Would you give Running a chance?