October 21, 2009

A Race for Rwanda

The student-organized event on Nov. 1 raises money for a Rwandan youth village and local groups near Tufts

Tufts University students, faculty and staff, as well as neighbors and friends, are set to take part in Race4Rwanda, a 5K race benefiting the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, the Medford Family Network and the Welcome Project in Somerville. Race4Rwanda takes place on Sunday, November 1, starting and finishing at the Ellis Oval track on the Medford/Somerville campus. Runners and walkers are welcome.

Race4Rwanda is an outgrowth of a trip this summer by Tufts undergraduates to volunteer at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, a community and high school that provides a home and education for orphans of the Rwandan genocide.

Two local charities will also benefit from Race4Rwanda: the Medford Family Network, a family support and parenting education program, and the Welcome Project, which seeks to strengthen civic and community life in Somerville.

The race will start at 11 a.m. rain or shine at Ellis Oval and follow a route through Medford and Somerville. Complimentary food and refreshments will be served following the race.

To register, go to www.Rwanda5K.com. Cost for Tufts and other students is $10; for all others, $20 pre-race and $25 on race day.

Free parking for Race4Rwanda will be available in Tufts’ Lower Campus Road Garage, 30 Lower Campus Road, Somerville. A complimentary shuttle will run between Davis Square (across the street from the Somerville Theatre and the Davis Square subway station) and the Tufts campus, beginning shortly after 10 a.m.

Tufts Hillel, the lead sponsor of Race4Rwanda, is joined by a variety of local organizations and companies, as well as various Tufts departments, offices and groups in providing significant support to Race4Rwanda.

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