On World Refugee Day, June 20, 2017, join us for a sunset run & candlelight vigil in support of refugees around the globe.
The Sunset Run for Refugees is a special running event on the evening of Tuesday, June 20th, World Refugee Day, involving running and fitness clubs from throughout Washington DC that will culminate in a candlelight display and vigil at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.
We’re inviting running and fitness clubs and all other interested individuals to head out in the evening for a run at about 40 minutes before sunset (around 8:00 pm) on June 20th, rain or shine. We encourage participants to meet at our host venue, Penn Social (801 E Street NW) in the Penn Quarter area of DC, as early as 7:30 pm to form up into small groups to run of about 2.6 miles to the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. All runners will receive plastic LED candles. Around sunset (8:40 pm), all running groups will arrive at the Lincoln Memorial and then proceed to surround the reflecting pool in a candlelight vigil of light and hope for refugees. The entire vigil should last about 20 minutes and there will be photographers and videographers on hand to capture the display. Our goal is to get at least 200 runners from around the city to participate in this event so that the candles we carry to the reflecting pool will help us symbolize the more than 21.3 million refugees in the world today.
Full details here: runforrefugees.net/about
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WHAT IS WORLD REFUGEE DAY?
Established by Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 and occurring each year on June 20th, World Refugee Day is an international observance intended to call attention to the plight of refugees and individuals displaced from their homes due to war, violence, and persecution. The first World Refugee Day was observed in 2001, coinciding with the 50-year anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Each year on June 20th there are numerous events around the globe designed to raise awareness of the tremendous struggles refugees face and urge action toward solutions.
THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND THIS EVENT AND NO TICKET REQUIRED, but we encourage all participants to please donate to the refugee relief organizations through the event website.
ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE VALID ID TO ENTER PENN SOCIAL, WHICH IS A 21-AND-OVER ESTABLISHMENT.
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