Beirut Marathon Association (BMA) is a non-profit non-governmental organization registered under the Ministry of Youth and Sports. BMA was founded in August 2002 with the purpose of organizing the annual Beirut International Marathon in Lebanon. The Beirut International Marathon (BIM) is an annual event. The first ever BIM was held on October 19, 2003 and attracted over 6,000 runners from 49 different countries and tens of thousands of spectators in Lebanon and around the world. These numbers doubled in the 2004 Beirut International Marathon. In addition to promoting running, health, and personal achievement, the BIM also has a humanitarian dimension that aims at making a difference in other people's lives through sports.