Come run or walk with us March 29, 2014 at the Payne Recreation Center to raise awareness of the war and humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Since 1994 over 6 million people have died due to warfare, disease and starvation in the eastern Congo. Violence and rape is epidemic. According to the UN the Democratic Republic of Congo has the highest incidence of rape in the world. Rape is used as weapon of war to disseminate terror, demoralize to population and disrupt society. In the eastern Congo war zones over 1000 women are raped a month. Children suffer from starvation and disease, and lack of access to education. Familes are disrupted by death and displacement.
You are invited to stay after the run to learn more about the situation in the Congo and what Project Congo is doing to help. There will also be demonstrations of Congolese and Central African dance , music and art.
Come run or walk for your health and at the same time help bring health and hope to victims of crisis in the Congo!
Bring your old cellphones for recycling and be entered in a drawing for African themed prizes !
Schedule of Events
9:00 AM Registration opens 9:40 AM Zumba to African Beat lead by Necy 10:00 AM Run/ Walk starts 11:30 AM Awards Ceremony 11:45 AM African music, dancing and cultural events. 1:00 PM Event Conclusion
African Dancers and Musicians
Fees:(Non-refundable)$15 without tee shirt or 20$ includes T-shirt before March 22
Make it a team effort! For groups of 10 or more, registration is $15 per person with tee shirt if registered
Registration is $25 after March 22, 2013 and on race day (Shirt cannot be guaranteed).
Special students fee: $10 pre registered $15 after March 27.
New Historical Course for 2014!
This years course will take the runners to the site of the Wright Brothers Seaplane experiments from 1911-1914. After a half mile on the bikeway, runners will turn on Elter Drive, name for the J. Elter farm, where the Wright brothers kept their seaplanes and conducted their test on the adjacent Great Miami River. The runners will then loop around the Moraine Airfield, which sits on the former farm site, and will house a museum dedicated to the seaplane in the near future. Run on the grounds where the Wright brothers actually worked on their protype seaplanes.
On your way back to the Payne, look around at the residential neighborhood called Miami Shores. This eclectic and sometimes whimsical collection of small cottages and houses sprung up during World War Two, as workers migrated from the south to the Dayton area, to take the many factory jobs which bolstered the war effort. These worker were true "do it yourselfers" and their creativity is evident in the variety of styles and building materials used to construct the dwellings.
Once back at the Payne, be sure to check out the Wright Seaplane display in the lobby.