“Mo has contributed greatly to a positive team atmosphere in which champions are created. Mo is a person of character and integrity whose commitment to the sport provides an example of excellence.”
— Deena Kastor, Olympic bronze medalist, Chicago and London Marathon winner, and American marathon record holder

MO’ATH ALKHAWALDEH

One of the top-ranked runners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Mo'ath currently trains with the Mammoth Track Club and is coached by Andrew Kastor. Mo’ath’s goal is to represent Jordan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. He serves as Beirut Marathon Ambassador, representing the Beirut Marathon Association internationally, and has been honored for his work contributing to peacebuilding through running and other sport, most recently as a recipient of the 2017 Athletes in Excellence Award of the Foundation for Global Sports Development. Mo’ath is recognized for his ability to inspire young people to lead positive change in their communities, both in the Middle East and in the US.

Mo’ath grew up in Jordan and started his running career while an undergraduate at NYIT in New York, where he also received a master’s degree. While at NYIT he ranked in Top 5 for two consecutive years (2009, 2010) in USA East Coast Conference Championship and in 2008, was NYIT Star Athlete of the Year. In 2011 he was the East Coast Conference Men’s Runner of the Week three times. After graduating from NYIT in 2011 with an M.S. in Human Resources Management and Labor Relations, Mo’ath worked for the World Bank and the United Nations, while running with the Warren Street Athletic Club.

Mo’ath returned to Jordan in 2013, working as a consultant for the World Bank in Amman, then joined the NGO Generations for Peace (GFP) in Amman. Mo’ath established and led programs in the MENA region using sport as a peacebuilding approach in Tunisia, Lebanon, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. He served as GFP program liaison with the EU delegation in the Middle East and US State Department, and maintained his running career in addition to his full-time work in peacebuilding and international development. In 2017, Mo’ath was invited by Andrew Kastor, head coach of the Mammoth Track Club, to complete his high altitude training as a member of the club’s team. He is married to Maira Seeley of Ithaca, NY, also a runner, who studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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HONORS

2017 Athletes in Excellence Award, US-based Foundation for Global Sports Development

2017 Invited speaker, French Embassy, New York City – Sport for Society

2016 Selected for “Rodale 100”: 100 people positively impacting the world

2015 Selected for “50 Most Influential People” in Running (Advocates category), Runner’s World

2015 Selected for international “Young Leaders Visitors Programme" of the Swedish Institute

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ABOUT

Birthdate: October 22, 1988

College: NY Institute of Technology (B.A. Accounting; M.S. Human Resources Management and Labor Relations)

Facebook: 3,104 followers

Instagram: @moathalkhawaldeh; 3,671 followers

Website: http://www.runforpeace.info/

email: alkhawaldeh.mo@gmail.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdk3t_IoX78

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PERSONAL BESTS

2017: Chicago Marathon: 2:25:09 (Top 30)

2017: Philadelphia Rock In Roll Half Marathon: 1:09:00 (Top 15)

2017: Vancouver Half Marathon: 1:09:57 (tied for 8th place)

2016: Haspa Marathon, Hamburg, Germany: 2:27:35

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