On Tuesday 21st June, I’ll be co-hosting an evening of inspiration alongside the founder of the Impact Marathon Series (IMS), Nick Kershaw. I’m immensely proud to have the IMS as an official sponsor and they’ve been a great support as we continue to work towards making Run Rwanda a reality. After a few beers with Nick in Brixton Market a couple of months ago, it became clear that we each have one common goal sitting at the heart of what we’re trying to do – to leverage the #PowerOfRunning to make a positive impact on the world around us.
Running is a popular sport, which continues to grow across the UK, and while mass-participation events such as the London Marathon demonstrate the huge potential impact that running can have, it feels like a new tribe of runners has begun to emerge. A tribe that uses running as a tool for making change happen, with a focus on the impact made, rather then the miles covered. A new tribe of Impact Runners.
While the objective of Run Rwanda is to use the #PowerOfRunning to document an intimate portrayal of the economic and social progression of this incredible East African country, the IMS has spread its wings far and wide, partnering up with the Unite Nations to make a truly global impact. The IMS holds beautiful and challenging marathons all across the world, but an IMS marathon is so much more than 26.2 miles. Runners spend a week in their chosen location (currently IMS marathons are taking place in Malawi, Nepal, Guatemala and Columbia), choosing and working on a social project that’s aligned with one of the key UN Development Goals. Living and sleeping in an Olympic style athletes village, runners enjoy a unique and empowering marathon experience.
I’ll be talking alongside Nick at the King’s Cross Impact Hub, and we’ll be sharing our thoughts on how we can all harness the #PowerOfRunning to change our own lives as well as the world around us.
During the evening, prizes will be up for grabs and we’ll even have UK Adventurer Ollie Hunter-Smart running 26.2 miles straight to the stage, before delivering a flash talk on the impact he’s managed to have over the course of his Marathon.
Tickets for the event are 7 pounds, with all proceeds going to charity and if you’d like to join us, please click through to the following Eventbrite page:
Hopefully see you there!