The BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2019 is organized by the Beirut Marathon Association with the full support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and the athletics federation in accordance with the International Association of Athletics Federations, "IAAF", and the BLOM BANK BEIRUT MARATHON 2018 Rules and Regulations.
The Course has been certified as the correct distance by the IAAF/AIMS.

Rules and regulations

  • The race is open to all Nationalities.
  • Nobody can run the course without official registration.
  • Bicycles, in-line skates, prams, push carts, shoes with built-in or attached rollers and any other wheel-run objects are not allowed on the course other than official race and medical vehicles. If you are caught with any of these, you will be directed off the route.
  • Walkers are asked to start near the end of the pack to avoid being crowded or bumped
  • Pets are forbidden on the course. No four-legged runners!
  • In an effort to save our environment, the Beirut Marathon Association advises against bringing balloons to the event. When you let go of a balloon, you're littering.
  • Any bibs changing between two runners disqualify both runners.
  • Any runner giving his/her bib to any other person from outside the course is eligible to disqualification.
  • Taking shortcuts is totally forbidden and is subject to a direct disqualification.
  • Accepting any drink or food not coming from the official course stations is totally forbidden and is a disqualifying violation.
  • Any pacing done by a person on a moving vehicle (car, motorcycle, bike, and rollers) is a disqualifying violation and especially when it comes from agents or coaches.
  • A runner pushing or conveying any other runner is a disqualifying violation.
  • Riding any vehicle even for a brief moment is also a disqualifying violation.
  • Running without a shirt is a disqualifying violation.
  • Deliberately obstructing or interfering with other competitors is a disqualifying violation.
  • Participants racing in wheelchairs are required to wear helmets throughout the race.
  • Please do not wear jewelry or carry precious items with you. The BMA Management will not be held responsible for any lost valuables.
  • While every reasonable precaution will be taken by the Organizer to ensure the participants' safety, participants run solely at their own risk and the Organizer will not be responsible or held liable for any injury or death howsoever arising from training for, during, or after participation in the Event. Participants are strongly encouraged to go for a medical examination and/or consult their medical practitioner prior to registration and before the actual Event day.
  • The Organizer reserves the right to cancel the Event at any time without prior notice to the Participant, in which case the Organizer will make effort to inform the Participant prior to the date of the event. There will strictly be no fee refund if the event is cancelled for reason of force majeure i.e. due to occurrence of incidents that are beyond the control of the Organizer or acts of God, which renders it impossible or unsafe to hold the event.
  • By signing up for and providing any information, personal or otherwise, in order to gain access to any product(s) and/or service(s) and/or participate in any program(s), event(s), talk(s), demonstration(s) or any other activities involving the Organizer and the event sponsors ("the sponsors"), the individual is deemed to have given explicit permission for the Organizer and the Sponsors to collect, analyze, collate, share, disclose to third parties, sell and/or otherwise use without any liability to the individual, any personal information relating to that individual as may in its sole discretion deem fit, including without any limitation for its programs, planning, data-processing and statistical or risk-analysis, research, fund-raising and/or any other purposes in furtherance of the functions. The Organizer and the Sponsors declare by virtue of being the event owner or sponsor, they can use services of third parties;
    • i. For development or implementation of programs, products or services as it may deem necessary;
    • ii. For outsourcing of any program(s), event(s), talk(s), demonstration(s) and/or any activities;
    • iii. For promotional, marketing and/or administrative purposes;
    • iv. For all purposes as required by law, including without limitation court proceedings, criminal investigations or prosecutions or where so ordered by any competent authority;
    • v. In connection with any proposed innovation, assignment, transfer, sale, lease, license, partnership, joint-organizing and/or any collaboration where and when required in relation thereto.
  • In consideration of the Participant's use of the Event's website, the Participant agrees to:
    • i. Provide true, accurate, current and complete information about the Participant contained in any registration form (such information being the "Registration data")
    • ii. Maintain the security of the Participant's password and identification;
    • iii. Maintain and promptly update the Registration data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. The Organizer may contact the Participant from time to time by email. Any notice sent to the email address registered with the Organizer shall be deemed as received by the Participant. If the Participant provides any information that is untrue, inaccurate, obsolete or incomplete, or the Organizer has grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, obsolete or incomplete, the Organizer may suspend or terminate the Participant's registration and refuse any and all current or future use of the Event's website (or any parts thereof) without any refund of registration fee.
  • The Organizer reserves the right to amend the Event race routes as they deem fit for the safety of the Participants and/or to prevent any potential hazards in the running of the Event, at any time without prior notice to the Participant. In such cases, every effort will be made to inform the Participant prior to the date of the Event. The Organizer shall not be held liable for any loss or inconvenience caused due to such changes.
  • The form on the reverse side of the participant's running bib must be completed in full and accurately. Participants must wear the assigned bib on his/her chest. Participants who do not display bib numbers will be taken off the course by security officers/officials and immediately disqualified.
  • Road closures on the Full Marathon Route will be lifted after six hours and a half from commencement of the race (cut-off time). Cut-off times will be set at specific check-points along the route to ensure the safety of runners who are unable to complete the race within the six hours and a half. Participants who are still on route and choose to continue running after the cut-off time, do so at their own risk.
  • A participant must retire from the race immediately, if required to do so by any member of the official medical staff, Race Director, Referee, and/or security officer.
  • Once registration has been duly processed, there will be no fee refund for participants who do not eventually participate in the Event for whatever reason.
  • The Organizer reserves the right to use any photographs (including those of participants), motion pictures, recordings, or any other media records of the Event, for any legitimate purpose including commercial advertising and distribution to Sponsors anywhere in the world.
  • The Organizer reserves the right to limit and/or refuse entry to the Event and/or other program(s), event(s), talk(s), demonstration(s) or any other activities involving the Organizer and the event sponsors without giving any reason and/or notice.
  • The Organizer reserves the right to cancel and/or add any race category without prior notice to the Participants.
  • Participants are strictly not allowed to transfer their race entries to another party or change race categories after their registrations are confirmed.
  • Any participant who commences to run before the actual flag-off of his/her registered race category will be immediately disqualified.
  • The competitors must comply with age limitations for each race
  • Participants must be 17 years or older as of Event day to participate in the Full Marathon (42.195km) category.
  • Participants must be 7 years old and below as of Event day to participate in the 1k run with mom race. Only one parent/guardian will be issued with an identification Bib "GUIDE" and allowed to accompany the child during the race.
  • Participants must be within 7 and 17 years old as of Event day to participate in the Youth Race (5km) category.
  • Each participant is allowed to win only one prize. A winning participant in more than one category may elect to receive his/her award in the category offering the higher prize money. Regardless of the winning participant's choice of prize, his/her position in each of the relevant categories will not change.
  • Disputes and appeals regarding the results must be submitted in writing including electronic mail within 4 days of Event day. The Organizer reserves the right not to entertain any dispute or appeal after the race.
  • All participants must collect their Race Entry Pack which contains their Bib tag and other items during the BIB Pick up during the pre-determined period and location as stipulated on the official website,
  • All finisher medals and Goody Bags must be collected on Event day and no requests will be entertained thereafter.
  • All participants who successfully complete the Full Marathon, 10km, 5K, and 1K within the respective cut-off times will be awarded a Finishers' certificate.
Push Rim, Standard Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Divisions Rules and Regulations

Race Day Rules:

  • Depending on the curvature of the course, the race organizers must implement a suitable control program. All wheelchair competitors will be required to maintain a pace, no faster than 12mph (19.5 kmph) and hold grid position in these curved areas, or athletes may risk disqualification. (speed bump and holes , and curves , I should write it and )
  • Before the race, participants must go to the Special Needs gathering area for chair and ankle chip inspection where it shall be sole responsibility of the wheelchair race official to rule on the safety of the wheelchair and competitor.
  • Participants will then be escorted to the starting line.
  • Approved race helmets must be worn all the time during the entire race.
  • Race numbers must be visible on front or sides of helmets at all times.
  • Special Needs participants must exercise caution on the course, as lead vehicles and foot runners have the right of way.
  • Race organizers will provide cyclist support to all participants.
  • If the participant is unable to finish the race, he/she should inform a race marshal located along the course who will take appropriate steps to assist the participant.
  • Wheelchair accessible cars will be available along the course to assist a participant in need.
  • Normal doping tests and regulations apply to Special Needs participants.

Racing Conduct:

  • No drafting is allowed, and no participant may give or accept a draft from another participant in another race being held concurrently on the same course and that is part of the same event.
  • No participant may solicit or accept a draft or assistance from any outside source.
  • Participants who suffer a mishap may be assisted in remounting.
  • Mechanical assistance to repair the wheelchair or wheels/tires shall be allowed.
  • A competitor may be disqualified for causing a crash or spill through reckless behavior, inadequate maintenance or adjustment of chair components, including gluing of tires.
  • Right-of-way priority follows this sequence:
    • i. Foot runners
    • ii. Push Rim and Standard Wheelchairs
    • iii. Hand Cycle
  • When racing in the proximity of foot runners, wheelchair competitors must have sufficient control of their wheelchairs and yield the right-of-way to the foot runners. In every case, the ultimate right-of-way belongs to the foot runners. The failure of a wheelchair competitor to yield right-of-way may result in disqualification.
  • Participants should be aware of vehicles on the course and should use caution around any vehicle. If approached and passed by any official race vehicle, the wheelchair competitor must move to the safest side of the road at that time until the vehicle has passed.

Push Rim Suggested Guidelines:

  • Wheelchairs shall have at least two large wheels and one small wheel.
  • The diameter of the larger wheels, including the inflated tire, shall not exceed 70 centimeters. The small wheel shall not exceed 50 centimeters in diameter including the inflated tire.
  • Only one plain round hand rim shall be attached to each large wheel.
  • No part of the body of the chair may extend forward beyond the hub of the front wheel and may not be wider than the inside of the hubs of the two rear wheels. The maximum height from the ground of the main body of the chair shall be 50 centimeters.
  • No part of the chair may protrude behind the vertical plane of the back edge of the rear tires.

Propulsion/Steering For Push Rim and Standard Wheelchair:

  • Only the hands and arms shall make propulsion and direct steering of the wheelchair.
  • No gears, levers, chains, or any other mechanical devices may be used in propelling the wheelchair.
  • No aerodynamic device is allowed on the wheelchair, with the exception of wheel covers. However, athletes are allowed to position their bodies for the sole purpose of reducing air resistance.
  • Competitors must insure that no part of their lower limbs touch the ground during the event.
  • A competitor’s wheelchair must be structurally sound (i.e., no cracks in the frame or welds, no loose or missing spokes, etc.).
  • A competitor must be securely seated in the wheelchair and remain so, while racing.
Visually Impaired Division

Athletes With Visual Impairment:

  • Athletes with partial or total loss of vision can participate in this category and therefore can run accompanied by a guide, who will not compete.
  • Athletes must bring their own guide to the competition. Participants will obtain special bibs for their guides at bib pick up.
  • Competitors and guides must at all times wear their official race bib numbers.
  • No runner may be accompanied by more than one guide at a time.
  • As the visually impaired/blind runner crosses the finish line, the guide must be behind the athlete.
  • The method of guidance is the choice of the athletes. They may choose to use an elbow lead, or a tether, or run free. Holding the athlete or the athlete’s clothing is not permitted. Strapping or tying the hands of athlete and guide to one another is not permitted. The tether used must provide at least a 5 cm (2 inches) length between the respective hands of the guide and the athlete. In addition, the runner may receive verbal instructions from the guide.
  • Guides may not use a bicycle or other mechanical means of transport.
  • At no time may the guide pull the athlete or propel the athlete forward by pushing. Infringement of this rule shall lead to disqualification.
  • Whether or not a tether is being used, the athlete and guide shall be not more than 0.5 m apart.

The Organizer reserves the right to modify or substitute any of these rules and regulations of the Event from time to time as they deem fit. If there is ambiguity in any of the provisions, the Organizer shall be the authority to interpret and in doing so, the Organizer will take into account the interests of all the affected participants. Any updates on the rules and regulations of the event will be notified on the official website, and it is the responsibility of the affected participant to keep abreast with any changes.