Rahaf Khatib is a 7-time marathoner, training and living with her husband and three children in Farmington Hills, Mich. She’s also been in the national spotlight in the past couple of years—she was the first Muslim hijabi runner to be featured on the cover of Women’s Running magazine a year ago, and she also was selected as a top 10 finalist for Runner’s World cover running contest in 2015.

I spoke with Rahaf  on the latest episode of the Michigan Runner Girl podcast. We talked about her start in running in 2012—her son’s gym teacher encouraged her to sign up for a 5K (she ended up running the 10K!)—and how she went on to tackle half marathons, sprint triathlons and marathons. {Listen to our conversation by clicking on the player at the top of this post}

Rahaf at this past weekend’s Detroit Women’s Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Belle Isle. /Photo courtesy runlikeahijabi

Supporting and encouraging fellow Muslim and non-Muslim women is important to Rahaf, who co-organized a 5K for INSA (Islamic Society of North America) for more than 500 runners. “My goal is to represent the under-represented—that is, Hijabis in the fitness world,” she says.

Rahaf also strives to educate others about her faith and her decision, as part of her Muslim faith, to wear long sleeves, pants and a hijab (head scarf) while running. “The question I’m always asked is ‘Aren’t you hot?’” she says.

Rahaf, who was born in Damascus, Syria and grew up in Dearborn, Mich., is founder of the popular Instagram account Runlikeahijabi, where she posts running tips and advice for Muslim and non-Muslim women. While training for Boston 2017, she raised $16,000 for refugees in Michigan. Rahaf blogs at Run Like a Hijabi.

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