As a community-based program, “542” relies on its experienced volunteer coaches & asst coaches who dedicate their time to train runners in different areas of Lebanon & abroad. “542” witnessed 9 previous editions (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 & 2023) which shaped a total of 3,357 marathon finishers who filled the heart of Beirut with happy faces, positive energy and shiny medals.

The 542 training program journey consists of intensive training of sore muscles, exhaustion, recovery, self-discovery, nutrition plans, physical/mental wellbeing activities, injury prevention webinars and more. The “542” structure has proven to make this journey, which might first sound unbearable, go much smoother as training with a team is known to decrease anxiety levels and boost confidence at times of doubt.

“542” is more than a training program ; it is a culture that shows to anyone in the community that an extreme goal is achievable given the correct training and the right support. Beyond that, “542” is about bringing people of different ages, religions and social status, together as teams, working towards a common goal.

That is the cornerstone of the program, it gathers diverse people forging friendships that motivate and empower individuals while breaking through social barriers present in our community.

Beginner & Intermediate training programs

If you are already familiar with the rhythm of the track and eager to push your limits further, Our intermediate program is crafted specifically for you. Guided by experienced coaches, you'll refine your technique, optimize your endurance, and fine-tune your strategy for conquering both the 42 and 21 KM distances. From personalized training schedules to targeted strength and conditioning sessions, we'll equip you with the tools and knowledge needed to achieve your personal best.

What “542” creates is always remembered by the finishers and everyone who got to experience everything about the journey to 42.195 KM.

To ensure that everyone is included, we have 3 distances within the “542” Training Program.

  • ● 42 KM Training Program
  • ● 21 KM Training Program
  • ● 10 KM Training Program

Important Dates

  • ● 1st Welcome Run - 16 June 2024
  • ● 542 Launch Event - 14 June 2024
  • ● Registration Deadline - 10 June
  • Registration for the OMT Beirut Marathon 2024 will open early August, don't forget to secure your place to run your 1st race.

Although the 542 is a free of charge training program, a commitment fee of 15 USD is payable upon registration to ensure commitment & belonging to a community for 5 months.

  • ✓ ‘542 Training Program’ athletic shirt
  • ✓ Water stations over a period of 5 months each Sunday
  • ✓ In-person training with a volunteer coach of their choice in their preferred area
  • ✓ Seminars and coaching sessions
  • ✓ Weekly nutrition tips
  • ✓ Mental Health guidance and coaching
  • ✓ Game nights
  • ✓ Regional runs
  • ✓ Activities and Group events
  • ✓ Photographers for each Sunday run downloadable from our Facebook Page.
  • ✓ Technical Meeting ahead of race day
  • ✓ 24/7 assistance via our whatsapp group(s) and hotline number if needed
  • ✓ Discounted Rates for physiotherapy sessions if needed
  • ✓ Prize Money on OMT Beirut Marathon 2024 race day for the top 3 male & female achievers

TEAMS' Schedule

Location Supervised by 42 Beginner 42 Intermediate 21 Beginner 21 Intermediate 10 KM Days of Training Time of Training
Beirut Walid Kabbani x x x x   Wednesday & Friday 06.00 PM
Starco, Beirut Ayman Kaisii x   x     Tuesday & Thursday 06.00 PM
  x   x  
Marina Waterfront, Dbayeh Marc El Helo   x   x   Tuesday & Thursday 07.00 PM
Arz Chamata x   x   x
Beirut Tony Hanna   x       Wednesday & Friday 6.30 AM
Beirut Jihad Shoueib   x   x   Tuesday & Thursday 06.00 PM
Maarad Rashid Karameh, Tripoli Rana kamaleddine   x   x   Tuesday & Thursday 06.00 PM
Olympic Stadium, Tripoli Daoud Moustafa   x   x x Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 PM
Tripoli Ahmad Youssef x   x   x Tuesday & Thursday 06.00 PM
Aley Sa'ied Khaddage       x x Monday evening 6.30pm (casual not fixed) Aley Ras Aljabal
Wednesday morning 6.30 am (permanent/fixed) Goodlife fitness field
Friday morning 6.30am (permanent/fixed) Goodlife fitness field
Saida May Hariri x x x x x Tuesday & Thursday 06.30 PM
Jounieh & Tabarja Karla Jabbour x         Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 AM
Carla Aoun     x    
Beirut Ali Ayoub         x Tuesday & Thursday 06.30 AM
Beirut Mary Kleyany           Tuesday & Thursday 05.30 PM
Jounieh Joella Kattouah           Tuesday & Thursday 06.00 AM
Roy Karaki   x      
Chouf Fadi Saleh   x   x   Daily 8:00 AM
Zamalek, Cairo Abdelrahman Hassan x x x x x Tuesday & Saturday 06.00 AM
Ahmed Saadeldin   x   x  
Montreal, Canada Kathia Rached     x x x 2 virtual runs weekdays, 1 Long Run Sunday at 6.00 AM 6.00 AM
Beirut Ghassan Hajjar x   x     Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 6.30 AM
Beirut Samir Agha x         Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 06.00 AM
Hasbaya Yehya Monzer         x Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6.30 AM
Rashaya Hussam Badreddine       x x Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 5.00 PM
Paris, France Joella Kattouah         x 2 virtual & Sunday Long Run at 6.00 AM 6.00 AM
Lyon, France Daniella Fayad     x x   Tuesday & Thursday / Sunday Virtual Run 06.15 PM

The 542 code

  • 542ers PERSEVERE
  • 542ers INSPIRE others
  • 542ers are always UNITED
  • 542ers EMBRACE the challenge
  • 542ers RESPECT the environment
  • 542ers LEAVE NO runners behind
  • 542ers push their minds and bodies TO THE LIMIT
  • 542ers are future MARATHONERS
  • 542ers COMMIT to change
General Regulations
  • Registration for the 42 & 21 KM Training Program opens on the 18th of May 2023.
  • Registration for the 10 KM Training Program opens on the 01st of August 2023.

For Local 542 Registration, please click here to start.

For International 542 Registration, please click here to start.

Registration closes on the 15th of June 2023