As a community-based program, “542” relies on its experienced volunteer coaches who dedicate their time to train runners in different areas of Lebanon & abroad. “542” witnessed 8 previous editions (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 & 2023) which shaped a total of 2,105 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.

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

Once a marathoner, always a marathoner.

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

This unique code entitles the runner to the following services over the period of training; by Although the 542 is a free of charge training program, a commitment fee of 5.42USD is payable upon registration to ensure commitment & belonging to a community for 5 months.

The commitment fee gives you access to a complimentary 542 Loyalty Program Card, which rewards the runners by offering a platform of different partners with enticing discounts only available to the 542 runners.

The Loyalty Card has a unique number for each 542 runner which enables them to benefit from the below services;

  • ✓ ‘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 via Mindsome App
  • ✓ 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 2023 race day for the top 3 male & female achievers

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