You could say I’m a Peacenik because I love peace and all symbols of peace . What better symbol of peace than the UNA Run for Peace 5K and 10K runs? These events are awesome. Of course, the UNA Run for Peace is in Berkeley, California. It almost has to be, as Berkeley is known nationwide as a place where its citizens believe peace solves most problems.
This year’s UNA Run for Peace was the 10th Annual race. Every year, bay area groups are chosen to be beneficiaries of the race. If you enter the race, you choose which group you want to support and make a ‘Pledge for Peace.’ All the money you raise on race day will be donated to the group you support. This year, groups included the ACLU, California Peace Action, Bears for UNICEF, the nuclear disarmament group Tri-Valley CARES and Western States Legal Foundation, to name just a few. The goal in 2008 was to raise $20,000 for area groups.
It’s actually a really small race. You won’t feel lost. It starts at Cesar Chavez Park and goes around Berkeley Marina, which is beautiful! While you’re running, you can also see the Golden Gate Bridge. How much cooler could it be?
If you like a challenge and want to raise a lot of money, aim to be their top fundraiser. In 2008, the top fundraisers received free entry into the race and free dinner at a very nice San Francisco restaurant. If you’re not too bothered about free race entry, the cost is usually $18 online and $25 the day of the race. There is also food, drink and music after the race to look forward to.
For more information about next year’s race, visit the UNA Race for Peace Web site at http://www.run4peace.org/index.html . It’s one of the most important causes on the planet. How could you possibly miss it?