After months of training and fundraising, Rahaf Khatib has crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon.
The runner, who was the first Muslim woman to wear a headscarf on the cover 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.
Its not only a victory for Khatib this was the runners seventh marathon but also a triumph 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 toraise $16,000 through the racefor 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.
Im 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 just 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 run 26.2!!!!! Good luck to all #running @bostonmarathon! #beboston #bostonstrong #muslimathletes #unapologeticallymuslim #running4acause #running4refugees #hylandspowered