Adnan completes Barcelona Marathon in just over four and a half hours

Adnan Syrian refugee INARA Arwa Damon Barcelona Marathon

Adnan completed the grueling 42 kilometers of the Barcelona Marathon this weekend (Sunday, March 12) - taking just over four and a half hours to do it!

Enjoying the sunny weather, Adnan was helped along the way by four runners from Corre amb mi (Run With Me), a group dedicated to running with people in wheelchairs.

Throughout the race Adnan posed for pictures with his four new friends and got to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Barcelona, cheered on by wellwishers across the city.

How this came about

A few weeks ago Adnan did an interview with TV3 in Catalunya at his house in Lebanon. This interview was part of a series of short films about refugee children that have overcome difficulties, and was facilitated by INARA. In the piece he discussed the difficulties he has overcome since being shot in the spine in Syria, and mentioned that he had taken part in the Beirut Marathon’s Special Needs race two years ago, coming in third place.

People from the Barcelona Marathon, the Department of Foreign Affairs at the Government of Catalunya and Catalunya Radio saw this interview and worked together to do something incredible for Adnan. They liaised with INARA, who put them in touch with Adnan and his father, and invited them both to come to Barcelona to take part in the marathon.

Early in the morning on Thursday, March 9, Adnan and his father got on their first ever flight and jetted off to Barcelona.

Ever since Adnan flew out, he has been working together with all the partners to raise awareness of INARA’s work in Catalunya, taking part in interviews with Catalunya Radio and TV3. On top of this, everyone who worked together to make Adnan’s trip happen have also launched a fundraising campaign on Mi grano de arena - to raise money to help the other refugee children from Syria that INARA works with.

How you can help

Has Adnan’s amazing achievement inspired you to do something to help refugee children from Syria? Well you can do so in a number of ways:

  1. Donate to INARA today
  2. Do something amazing like Adnan and run for INARA - you can set this up easily on JustGiving
  3. Tell everyone you know about INARA’s work.