On Sunday, November 9, 2014, Lebanon geared up for the country’s greatest sporting event of the year, the Beirut International Marathon, and AGBU Antranik was right in the middle of the action.
This year, AGBU Antranik was the only Armenian NGO participating in the marathon. The youth of the organization helped bring together volunteers, while students and teachers from AGBU Lebanon schools all took part in the race, running and walking for the marathon’s “Education for All” cause.
AGBU-AYA University Students and the AGBU Demirdjian Center campers were also involved, handing out water to professional runners on the 42k track. As for the devoted network of scouts and leaders, not only did they handle the security for the 42k runners’ final dash to the finish line, but they also distributed the medals to the winners at the end of the race.
Special thanks to Gary and Michele Nazarian, who enabled students from AGBU Lebanon schools to participate in this major event. After twelve years, the marathon attracts a record-breaking number of participants from Lebanon and abroad.
In an exciting turn of events, on November 25, 2014, AGBU Antranik received the “Best New NGO” award from the Beirut Marathon Association. This award is given to NGOs that partake in the marathon for the first time with a large number of participants. AGBU-Antranik was given the award not only for its first year of participation, but also for its active involvement at various levels: volunteers and runners. Anita Lebiar, executive director of AGBU Lebanon, accepted the award and dedicated it to the entire AGBU Antranik team, who all contributed to the success of the event.
AGBU Antranik looks forward to the 2015 Beirut Marathon to once again contribute to Lebanon’s diverse community!