Since 2006 thousands of individuals have gathered together in Rome to raise money and awareness about world hunger. There are hundreds of millions of people throughout the world that are starving or malnourished, and by raising awareness the UN is able to help combat that astounding number and provide aid to countries whose poverty level is extremely high.
On October 19th, the JFRC had twenty-four students, two of which were Rome starters, participating in this run. The roads around the historic city centre were blocked off for the thousands of individuals who would be racing through the streets starting at 10am sharp. The run consisted of a 10 kilometer competitive race, or a 5k walk run, and an entrance fee of 10 euro was paid and the money went to a t-shirt as well as a donation to the World Food Organization. Times ranged from 48 minutes to an hour for the 10K and Romstarter Katey finished with an amazing time of 53 minutes! The running course offered the participating individuals an up close view of the beautiful Roman landmarks without he hustle and bustle of daily life; runners ran around the Coliseum, Circo Massimo and the Altare della Patria .
After the run, the members of team USA were invited to the UN Ambassador to Rome’s house for a traditional American bar-b-que, complete with hot dogs, hamburgers and potato salad!