Muslim Woman Runs Boston Marathon To Raise Money For Refugees

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After months of training and fundraising, Rahaf Khatib has crossed the finishing line at the Boston Marathon.

The runner, who was the first Muslim woman to wear a headscarf on the encompas of an American health or fitness magazine, completed the race in about 5 hours and 13 minutes on Monday, according to unofficial results from the 2017 Boston Marathon website .

It’s not only a victory for Khatib — this was the runner’s seventh marathon — but likewise a victory for Syrian refugees.

Khatib, who comes from a family of Syrian immigrants, used the race as an opportunity to help refugees who have resettled in her home state of Michigan. The athlete managed to raise $ 16,000 through the race for the Syrian American Rescue Network, a Michigan-based nonprofit that helps refugees adjust to life in America.

In a pre-race Instagram post, Khatib revealed that she was ” tossing and turning all night” before the race. But, she wrote, she knows” God brought me here for a reason .”

” I’m honored and thrilled and know this will be an incredible experience inshallah[ God willing ].”