Running for Peace

Written by International Volunteer Ann Zalucky

As Calgarians we know our winter can often be long, which is why we try to make the most out of the summer and fall months. It comes as no surprise that many of us have taken to the streets as runners and walkers to enjoy as much of the outdoors as possible. This year will be the first time a run and walk fundraiser will help promote peace one step at a time.

The Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary and Project Ploughshares Calgary are holding The Calgary Peace Run on September 23 at the Eau Claire Running Room. The 5k and 10k run and walk is designed to promote healthy lifestyles, while emphasizing the importance of healthy and peaceful relationships on a local, national and global scale. This is a truly unique idea that will be the first of its kind in Calgary.

All money raised will be used to fund projects of Ploughshares Calgary, the Consortium for Peace Studies, as well as a third program known as cdPeace. CdPeace is an organization based out of Sierra Leone, Africa and has worked to develop education programs and promote social justice, not only in Sierra Leone, but across the world.

If you are interested in supporting a great cause, improve on your personal running time, or just be part of the peace movement, registration info can be found here.

This event is also a perfect example of a local initiative that supports the goals and ideals of the YMCA Calgary Peace Medal award. If you know of an individual or organization that helps to build peace in their community, nominate them for a 2012 YMCA Calgary Peace Medal today!

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