Last Saturday, around 150 runners and walkers lined up across the starting line at the first World Relief Refugee 5k. The group was a mix of of 6-minute milers, parents with strollers, and kids running their first 5k. Some participants heard about the event from their church, others were invited by a World Relief staff member or volunteer, and still others simply saw a flyer posted at their local grocery store or coffee shop. What united this group of runners was their desire to come together to raise awareness and support for Chicago’s refugee community.
Runners and walkers enjoyed the beautiful weather, chatted with one another to find out how they were connected to the cause of supporting local refugees, and were even treated to free massages at the end of the race.
We were humbled by the great turnout and show of support for refugees in Chicago. We suspect most people had a good time, but we’ll let you check out the photos below to decide for yourself. Thanks again to all our walkers, runners, volunteers, and donors!