GEF Globe Run 3

Third and final virtual trip round the globe for the GEF

Scottish charity supporting kids in Kenya holds final virtual challenge

Entries are still open for the third and final Gathimba Edwards Foundation Globe Run, a series of virtual challenges designed to help runners and walkers from around the world unite and help children in Kenya during the COVID-19 crisis.

Globe Run 3, which runs from today (Monday, 6 July) until Sunday 12 July, challenges runners and walkers to go as far as they can in 22 minutes.

As GEF Co-Founder and former 1500m Scottish champion Myles Edwards explained to runABC Scotland Online, 22 is very special number for the Foundation, as it represents the number of children from the Pavilion Village children's home who inspired Edwards and his co-founder Gideon Gathimba to launch their charity and start fundraising in 2014. 

Those same children are also the source of inspiration for the unique medal every Globe Run 3 finisher will receive.

Each £10 minimum donation for entry into Globe Run 3 the Foundation receives will enable it to provide one of their families in Kenya with four days of food and essential items during the current crisis.  

The first Globe Run (a virtual 5k) in April 2020 raised an incredible £5508, with 435 people in 21 countries across six continents taking part .  

The second Globe Run (a virtual 1 mile) in May 2020 saw 200 people run or walk in 12 different countries – Mexico, Palestine, Guyana, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Australia, Canada and the UK – raising a further £1836 for the GEF.

Edwards added: "We’re really pleased with the response we’ve had to our GEF Globe Runs so far. To have had 635 people take part across the 5k and 1 mile challenges is incredible. Over the two challenges, we’ve had people take part from 30 different countries. We'd love to sign off the 2020 series in style with even more runners from even more countries taking part in Globe Run 3.”

Image courtesy: Gathimba Edwards Foundation

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