6th Annual Run for Rwanda International 5k Run/Walk
“Stride for stride, side by side”
Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
Cottonwood Creek Park, Colorado Springs, CO
Kibali, Rwanda (Central Africa)
Thank you everyone who made the 2012 Run for Rwanda a huge success. The cooler temperatures made for ideal running and our water challange participants made for an exciting race. Early estimates point towards a $10,000 contribution to loosen the grip of poverty on a needy African community. Thanks to all our sponsors and so many who volunteered to make this run a reality.
Runners and walkers simultaneously lined up to run in Cottonwood Park in Colorado Springs on the streets of Kibali, Rwanda, with all event proceeds going to establish a health clinic and to fund other much-needed development programs in a rural community outside Byumba.
The Colorado Springs race included several high school cross country teams, barefoot runners, and participants in the RFR’s first water jug challenge (a pair of runners carried a full, six-gallon water jug the entire race distance, in a category designe to simulate the trek many Kibali children make every day to supply their family’s water needs).
Last year’s Kibali race included participation from Archbishop Onesphore Rwaje, leader of the country’s 1-million member Anglican church. All of the top finishers were barefoot. The region’s police chief, military commander, and director of education also attended the event, which received national television coverage in Rwanda.