Sylvania runner takes message of inclusion to London Marathon

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Noor Alexandria Abukaram ran a cross-country meet for Sylvania Northview High School in 2019. Afterward, she learned was disqualified from the because she wore her hijab. Then, together with Sen. Theresa Gavarone, she worked to get Senate Bill 181 passed into law, protecting religious garments in sports.

“The only reason why I still run today is because of what happened in 2019. I run with that story strapped to my back,” Noor said.

Her mother, Yolanda Melendez, said she was shocked back in 2019 because the family had been part of the Sylvania community for so long. She’s proud of how hard and continuously her daughter has fought.

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