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 ].”
I couldn’t sleep. Was tossing and turning all night. The weather is supposed to be very hot not acclimated to that. But I know God brought me here for a reason. As my buddy @manirostom merely told me, I worked hard and deserve to be here. I’m honored and thrilled and know this will be an incredible experience inshallah. Nothing to do but operate 26.2 !!!!! Good luck to all #running @bostonmarathon! #beboston #bostonstrong #muslimathletes #unapologeticallymuslim #running4acause #running4refugees #hylandspowered
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