The 542 is a free of charge running program created by the Beirut Marathon Association. Since its foundation in 2014, and on a yearly basis, 542 opens its doors to the community for exactly 5 months before Marathon Day.
The mission of 542 is to offer hopeful runners the training necessary to finish a marathon.  
In the world of distance running, commitment is key. Marathon day is the result of intensive weeks of training, sore muscles, bumpy feet, and exhaustion. Training is a journey of self-discovery: at times it becomes unpleasant as you log more kilometers during the run and your body refuses to go the extra mile, yet your mind is determined to make it happen. 
However, working with a team and the community has been proven to make this journey go smoother: training with a team is known to decrease anxiety levels and boost confidence at times of doubt. This is the power of 542: it gathers people from different backgrounds and breaks through barriers. It brings experienced runners and aspiring runners together as solid groups, or rather as new running communities, who are forging friendships that motivate and empower individuals.

Best of 542

Runners Stories | Lana Shahbaz

Runners Stories | Meet the Running Buddies, Rayan and Leila

Runners Stories | Ghina Ashkar

The 542 code

  • 542 runners inspire others
  • 542 runners push their minds and bodies to the limit
  • 542 runners adapt
  • 542 runners embrace the pain
  • 542 runners never leave behind fellow teammates
  • 542 runners prove themselves through training
  • 542 runners give generously
  • 542 runners are future marathoners