Rahaf Khatib, 32, has become the first Muslim Woman wearing a Hijab to become a cover girl for a Health and Fitness Magazine.
Originally born in Damascus, Syria, Rahaf Khatib, currently resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a six-time marathoner and has competed in a triathlon twice and has now managed to grace the front page of Women's Running after winning one of 10 spots in the the 2015 Runner's World Cover Search.
Rahaf began running in began running in 2012 by completing a 10k (6.2 miles) race and she slowly trained her way on to her first marathon run, which was a 26.2-mile trek as part of the Detroit Free Press Marathon. Rahaf's ambitions don't just start and stop at running, she is also a stay at home mom to three children and she also uses her Instagram account, @runlikeahijabi, to encourage Muslim Women to participate in a more active lifestyle.
16 miles done! ?? Due to #dhulhajj, a religious holiday in which #muslims perform the #hajj, I've been fasting on and off. Yesterday since I wasn't fasting, I decided to run my long run I knew I wouldn't have a chance on the weekend. I ran 6 miles, then after few hrs, I ran 10 more miles. All on treadmill. You do what you gotta do in the name of training! ???????? It had to be done this way due to my circumstances. And my kids are off for #eid Monday and Tuesday ???? AlHamdillah this is my LAST long run over 10 miles! 15 Days left! #runlikeahijabi #mommyrunner #fasting #hajj #muslimrunner #coveredrunner #mashallah
She told Women's Running what being featured on the front page of their magazine meant to her, "For this stay-at-home mom of three, and an average (but persistent!) runner with goals, it means the world to me, It’s something I can show to my kids in the future, my community and most importantly my parents. It means that my sweat, tears and training are worth it."
Women's running is the world’s largest women-specific running magazine. the popular magazine is released monthly and features articles covering all aspects of the running lifestyle, from active beauty needs to training plans.