An extreme runner and adventurer has run across Lebanon to set a new record for the fastest crossing of that country on foot. 

Ali Wehbi achieved the Fastest crossing of Lebanon on foot in 1 day 15 hours 49 minutes when he reached Naqoura on 2 April 2018. Wehbi started running on 31 March and ended the 224.3-kilometre (139.3-mile) journey less than 40 hours later to set the record on World Autism Awareness Day.  

"This run is dedicated to all persons with autism, all families dealing with it, all autism organizations offering support, research and treatments, each and every person is touched by it directly and indirectly," Ali Wehbi.

He passed through iconic landmarks of Lebanon such as Tripoli Castle, Raouche Rock, Saida Castle and Sour Old Heritage, as he passed them they were lit in blue for the #LightItUpBlue campaign to raise awareness on autism. 

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That same day, Lebanon took a new step towards the cause by inaugurating two rooms for traveling autistic kids at Rafic Hatiti International Airport. 

The sensory rooms are among the first ones in the Middle East, the lights inside these rooms are low for the kids to play and relax while listening to calm music. 

One of the sensory rooms will be used by departing passengers while the other one will be available to arriving travelers.