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Beirut Marathon attracted 43,000 runners of all ages and capabilities in Lebanon's capital Sunday, in the latest successful edition of the annual event that brought fun and joy to the city.Martyrs' Square in Downtown Beirut was buzzing with energy and activity from 6:30 a.m. when runners and supporters gathered to participate in the day's events.In the men's 42-kilometer race, Edwin Kibet Kiptoo, a Kenyan national, proved to be the swiftest. Kiptoo completed the course in 2 hours, 13 minutes and 19 seconds. Limo was the defending champion, taking first place at last year's event.In the women's 42 km race, three Ethiopian runners claimed the top spots. It continued to rise, reaching 25 degrees in the final hours of the race.Coming in first place at the 42 km special-needs marathon was Lebanese competitive handcyclist Edward Maalouf.The marathon offers a rare opportunity for pedestrians to move freely around Beirut's usually congested streets.
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