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Rahaf Khatib

Runner, United States of America

Apart from being the first Muslim woman to grace the cover of the Women’s Running magazine, Rahaf is a voice for promoting health and fitness in the community and an inspiration to many. Rahaf Khatib, a practising Muslim who was born in Syria and raised in the U.S., wants to clear up a few common misconceptions about her religion. Since entering the world of running and competitions, Khatib has been contacted by local and national groups asking her to start running clubs for Muslim women. “The running community is so positive, so welcoming, and so open-minded. I love it,” she says. “I preach to my fellow covered sisters that no matter how you look or what you wear, don’t let that stop you from running!”