On the day that the men's marathon world record came crashing down again, fulfilling the promise made only a year ago in Dubai by the man himself, Haile Gebrselassie, that 2:03 was within his grasp, so a smaller and almost unknown record was also broken.
Lebanon's Hussein Awada (Army Running Club) ran a personal best today in the REAL Berlin Marathon coming in at 2:20:36, breaking the Lebanese national record by 7 minutes, while his pacer Omar Issa (Army Running Club) came in just 4 minutes behind in 2:24:36 taking 3 minutes off the previous record and ten minutes off his own personal best.
Great celebrations started amongst the Lebanese running community, particularly that Awada was placed 19th in a world top class field. Many thanks to the REAL Berlin Marathon organizers from all of us here at the Beirut Marathon Association. The Beirut Marathon Association have sponsored the runners and supported them all the way in its "Marathon Heroes" program.
Awada and Issa attributed their great success to having spent a month at Olympia High Altitude Training Camp (Olympia-atc.com) in Addis Ababa, where they were able to focus and prepare for their record breaking attempt.