2015: LAU Runs for a Better Environment
For the 11th consecutive year, more than 200 LAU students participated in the annual Beirut Marathon event, on Sunday November 8, 2015.
The Outreach and Civic Engagement department at LAU called runners, volunteers and cheerleaders to assist in the various LAU stations at the marathon and to vigorously participate, by completing the 10K Fun Run.
What was special about this year is that LAU operated for the first time the largest water and cheering station on the course. More than 150 LAU students volunteered to cheer and to distribute more than 27,000 water bottles to the runners. Moreover, in cooperation with the Lebanese NGO “G”, LAU operated, for the first time, a recycling station in which around 50 LAU students gathered more than 6,900 plastic bottles for recycling and saving the environment. Also, LAU was present at the finish line through a corporate tent in which major events and activities were promoted to the marathon community.
Aside from this active participation in the biggest sport event in Lebanon, LAU partially sponsored the visit of the World Marathon Record Holder Paula Radcliffe. The OCE organized a conference in Beirut Campus about the importance of running for a cause during which Radcliffe shared her inspirational story with the audience and the LAU community. Also, Lina Abi Rafeh, Director of IWSAW, had an important talk about playing for equality: sports for women’s empowerment.
During the Beirut Marathon 2014, LAU promoted the spirit of unity and national solidarity, by adopting the cause of LAU alumnae Lebanese singer Tania Kassis, through One Lebanon, an apolitical cultural movement. And in Beirut Marathon 2013, LAU put in place a huge campaign in support of the Order of Malta-Al Fadi Center Chabrouh under the slogan of “Run for the Dignity of Human Kind”. For that purpose, an LAU Team formed of more than 1200 runners was mobilized for the Marathon held on November 10, 2013, and 105 LAU students volunteered for the day. As a result of this effort, LAU raised 12,000,000LL for the benefit of Al Fadi Center Chabrouh, and won the “Best Spirit” award for the biggest running team.