Let’s Run the World!
October 8, 2017 at Gallup Park
5K run/walk at 9:30 am, 1 mile run/walk at 10:30 am
The second annual Run the World Fun Run for Global Education is coming up on October 8, 2017! Come run with us at Gallup Park in Ann Arbor to support the power of education around the world. With school in full swing and Halloween around the corner, it’s a perfect time to dress up as your favorite book character as you race through the park. Whether you’re Harry Potter on his broomstick or Ms. Frizzle whizzing by in her magic school bus, or maybe the Big Friendly Giant with his backpack full of dreams, the park will be alive with kids and adults alike celebrating the joy of learning! Prizes will be available for best costumes, as well as fastest runners.
Runners may pre-register online or register on-site on race day. Please note that on site registrations may be done in cash or check only.
The race will be on rain or shine! However, in the event of severe weather, we will notify racers within 24 hours if the race will be cancelled.
Running for a Cause
All Run the World proceeds will benefit Two Rabbits, a nonprofit that provides preschool education in Cameroon, Central Africa.
Two Rabbits serves a group of hunter-gatherers called the Baka, who have lived in the forests for centuries but lack access to quality schooling. Our name comes from a Baka father, who said that providing his daughter with a traditional forest education and also modern schooling was like "chasing two rabbits at once: if you try, you will lose them both." Before Two Rabbits, spending time in school meant missing opportunities to learn essential forest survival skills, and vice versa. Kids would often drop out of school before even learning to read, and would also lack hunting, fishing, and gathering skills. We offer culturally adapted preschool that enables children to chase both “rabbits”: to strengthen their ancestral knowledge, while also preparing them for success in school.
You can think of Two Rabbits like the Sesame Street of the forest! The program is fun and interactive, including lessons, songs, stories, and games, entirely in the Baka language and style. Two Rabbits uses durable mp3 devices, powered entirely by hand crank, to deliver this content to even the most hard-to-reach places in the forest. When schooling is fun, fits their culture and lifestyle, and helps them to be proud of their identity, Baka kids can become learners and leaders for life. With music, dance, and play, Two Rabbits makes learning a fun adventure for everyone. We know that, around the world, education is the key to fighting illiteracy and oppression. We build powerful and confident learners in a way that is exciting and joyful.
You can learn more at www.chasingtworabbits.org