First Ever Kids Race in Bahia

First Ever Kids Race in Bahia

From Andrew Jeffery

What started as Maura's dream to hold the first ever kids-only race in her hometown has now become a running movement, with over 250 kids registered. Support this incredible event!

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As many of you know, Maura and I are spending an extended sabbatical where she grew up in Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador. Along the way, Maura hatched a plan to realize a dream of promoting sports and an active lifestyle for kids in her hometown.

What began as a crazy (but great) idea to hold the first ever kids-only race in Bahía gained momentum first with the Mayor, then local community leaders, and has spread throughout the region. This initially modest project with hopes to host a few dozen kids will now likely sell out with over 250 participants. 

Your generous support will ensure that there is sufficient water, food, security, prizes and entertainment to create a memorable, impactful event. 

The race will have three age groups, each with its own dedicated course and prizes.

Age 4-6: 500m

Age 6-9: 1.5km

Age 10-14: 3.0km

The race is free to enter and will be held Sunday August 18th.

Kids from as far as an hour away are sending in videos of their home-spun training events. Maura is a regular on local radio shows (the preferred source of news in Bahía) and every afternoon a spontaneously formed -- and growing -- cadre of kids trains and plays together with the sun setting over the Pacific. You literally cannot wipe the smile off Maura's face as she runs along with them.

Some of you may also remember that over three years ago, a devastating earthquake struck coastal Ecuador and Bahía was badly hit. Rebuilding has been slow, thanks to an exodus of residents, lack of funding and bureaucratic red tape. But progress is being made, and our hope is that the event can help spur and inspire the city's rebirth.

A couple programming notes:

- The Jeffery family is covering all admin and fundraising fees, so 100% of your donation goes to support the race

- Your contribution is (unfortunately) not tax deductible ... on the to do list for 2020


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