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Solstice Run 2015: An Ultra Run In Sowal Hosted By Amavida Coffee Dec 19

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  1. Teresa

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    The 2015 Winter Solstice Run is a 40 mile ultra-run on December 19th, raising awareness and funds to support On The Ground’s Project Congo. Project Congo concentrates on gender equality and raising awareness about the key issues faced by coffee farming families in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Initiatives will promote peace and gender equality while highlighting inspirational people and their stories. The work aims to break the chains of poverty and conflict while supporting women empowerment groups in coffee communities of the region.

    Winter Solstice Run 2015 is hosted by Amavida Coffee, On The Ground partner.

    What?
    The Winter Solstice Run is an all-day ultra-run, starting at sunrise, continuing 40 miles along the beaches, around the many lakes of South Walton, and through Florida state forests until sunset. This is all about fun, adventure and camaraderie – it’s not a race! It also has served as training for Run Across Ethiopia, Run Across Palestine and most recently Run Across Congo participants. The annual runs have occurred during both the summer and winter solstices, ranging from 30-40 miles during the shortest days and shortest nights of the year. For some this will be the first of their Solstice Runs, for others it may be their 8th! This will be one of the most amazing life experiences you have, join us and together we will make a difference for women in the DRC! There are only 100 spots this year so don’t wait to sign-up!

    The Run offers four options:
    40 miles – The whole shebang.
    20 miles – Half-Solstice option: Run the last 20 miles!
    Relay – You and three others each run a 10 mile leg!
    The First 10 – Run the last 10 miles!

    Following the run, join fellow participants in a post-run celebration on the beach and a dip in the ocean during sunset.

    Where?
    Santa Rosa Beach, Florida – The Winter Solstice Run begins at sunrise from the westernmost point of Scenic Hwy 30A and continues 40 miles along the beaches, around the many lakes of South Walton, and through Florida state forests, until sunset.

    Why?
    The Winter Solstice Run is raising awareness and funds for OTG’s Project Congo. Participating runners are asked to raise $1000 each. (We will not turn anyone away who does not reach the goal-Minimum suggested donation of $100.)

    When?
    The Winter Solstice Run will take place at sunrise, Saturday, December 19, 2015. Participating runners will have approximately 12 hours to finish the 40 miles. (That’s a minimum pace of about 18 minutes per mile)

    How much does is cost?
    There’s not a registration fee for The Winter Solstice Run. Instead participating runners are asked to solicit pledges from friends and family to support Project Congo – a goal of $1,000 per runner, but all contributions are welcome. Funds will go directly to OTG’s Project Congo supporting women’s empowerment programs in the eastern region of the DRC.



    To sign up to run: 2015 Winter Solstice Run Registration - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

    If running isn’t your thing but you still want to be involved, email casey.tindell@amavida.com to sign up for your Winter Solstice Run Volunteer shift!

    www.wintersolsticerun.org
     

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