The World Refugee Day 5k is a race unlike any other.
It gathers refugees, Ugandans, and friends from all over the world to come together and celebrate what’s possible. It shines a light on an often forgotten place, telling a story of hope and ideas, optimism and peace. And it’s a moment of unity, with refugees from 13 different countries running together, all headed for the finish line.
On June 20th, the third annual 5k in Nakivale Refugee Settlement gathered over 1,000 runners, all buoyed by the excitement of the cheering crowd. Refugees in Nakivale stood proud and ran for their dreams.
The only requirement to enter the race was to submit an idea – any idea to better their community and lift each other up. At the end of the day, there will be race winners who stand at the podium. But the community wins, too – with thousands of ideas for change rising to the surface!
In addition to the excitement in Nakivale, people have been supporting the World Refugee Day 5k by participating in a worldwide Virtual Run. You can learn more at www.worldrefugeeday5k.com. Individuals ran in their neighborhoods. People have been organizing shadow runs and inviting their friends and family to join them in support of Nakivale. The support from around the globe for Nakivale has been amazing!
Staying active – and having fun with it – is critical for anyone around the world. And it’s especially true for refugees. But it’s often tough, too. There aren’t too many opportunities to just relax, have fun, and stay fit.
That’s why the World Refugee Day 5k is so important. The race is a rallying point for people who want to come together, to do something a little different. And to dream a little bigger.
You can check out how the 5k run went on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/worldrefugeeday_5k/.