Hassan Haydar has been a runner for over 12 years. Originally from Lebanon, Hassan and his wife, Warde, moved to Quincy, MA in the mid-1970‘s and immediately embraced the local community. While Hassan’s only daughter Sue was attending North Quincy High School, he would join her on her runs through rain and snow as she trained around Quincy. Hassan remembers the first time he tried to complete a 2 mile run without stopping and felt like he could barely make it!
Years later, Hassan joined the L Street Running Club in South Boston and became one of their most notable, “elite” runners. Through the years Hassan has shown dedication, determination, positivity and diligence when it comes to running - hardly ever missing a run, motivating others, and consistently pushing the limits. Hassan has gone on to win countless medals and trophies for coming first in his age group as well as first place overall in several local races.
The Boston Marathon is near and dear to Hassan’s heart and this will be his 12th year running it. He usually can be spotted wearing a “Go, Dad, Go!” shirt made by his daughter (who has also caught the running bug as well). For the 2006 and 2010 Boston Marathons, Hassan ran the race twice in the same day along with some other members of L Street. They started early in the morning at the finish line running it backwards to the starting line where they then immediately turned around and joined the other runners beginning the race and journeyed all the way back to the finish line. Whew!
The motivation and conception for the 26for26 challenge started with Hassan wanting to express thanks to God for the tremendous blessings He has bestowed upon Hassan’s family. Hassan and Warde truly feel that God has poured out His favor on them since directing them to America almost 30 year ago and what better way to show thanks that to use the talents one has been given and commit to self-discipline? So for Hassan this is not just running, it is an act of faith, gratitude, endurance, commitment and continuing to challenge oneself.
So come on... join him... or do it on you own.
The point is to commit to doing something
You’ll look back and remember the time you could
barely run 2 miles continuously as well…