Washington, D.C. – The 8th annual EU Embassy Run kicked off without a hitch last Saturday. Earlier on, the cold front threatened to dump rain all across DC that morning, but thankfully the weather cleared up just in time for our 9am run.
Over 75 runners and volunteers participated in the run that covered 10-13 miles, visiting over a dozen EU Embassies and partaking in the culture, food and beverages from each country.
“The Run was a huge success, raising over $4,000 for Team River Runner and UNICEF, enough to purchase a couple of adaptive kayaks for wounded veterans – providing them an opportunity to heal and saving refugee children’s lives with healthcare, nutrition, clean water, education and much more,” said Chito Peppler, the run organizer.
“Each runner was instrumental in making the 8th Annual EU Embassy Run a smashing success, ” said Quentin Cummings, the 13.1 mile Team Leader.
“The support the Run has given to us is immeasurable. Not only the funds, but the opportunity to meet runners who we hope will take part in our local programs to help our veterans,” said Joe Mornini, Executive Director and cofounder of Team River Runner.
“I would like to thank our volunteers and group leaders: Quentin, Kat, Natasha and Bryan for their leadership and resourcefulness,” said Peppler. “This year, we set records in miles run, Embassies visited and money raised.”
The run was comprised of three different routes, covering the following segments of the city: Van Ness, Embassy Row, Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, Glover Park and Georgetown.
New this year was a one-mile run through Whitehaven Parkway to the German Embassy.