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Some 2,200 years ago, Carthaginian military commander Hannibal – who some maintain is of Phoenician descent – set out to defeat the Romans by attacking from the north, through the chilly and hostile Alps. During this journey, on which he was followed by 60,000 troops, horses and three-dozen war elephants, Hannibal, as legend has it, issued his famous war cry in Latin: "Viam inveniam aut faciam" – I shall find a way or make one. Shalhoob has participated in similar high-endurance challenges in the United States which go by names like Spartan Race or Mud and Obstacle Race. He brought the idea for Lebanon's own obstacle race course to the country and, with two others, created Threshold, the group that has been organizing Hannibal Race 2014 for the past six months. A: On Sept. 7, we want to introduce people to the Hannibal Race so we chose the "Speed" race, the 7 km race. [The other two options that the organizers had been considering were the 13 km "Endurance" race and the brutal, 18 km "Hell" race. These two tougher races may be held in the future, as the organizers intend the Hannibal Race to become a regular event.] Q: What will be the hardest part of the race?
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