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2022 Bay Area Gaza 5K

2022 Bay Area Gaza 5K

Date(s) - 10/01/2022
8:00 am

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Duck Pond, Coyote Point Park


35-50 USD
Contact Person:

UNRWA USA National Committee


Join UNRWA USA for the 2022 Bay Area Gaza 5K! 

The 2022 Bay Area Gaza 5K will take place at the gorgeous Coyote Point Park in San Mateo and is your chance to provide life-enhancing mental health support to Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip.

If you haven’t done a Gaza 5K before, you’re in for a real treat! This event includes a 5K walk/run, breakfast, coffee, music, dabke dancing, fundraising prizes, and more.

The Gaza 5K is your chance to meet and connect with folks who share your solidarity and commitment to the mental wellbeing of refugees. Learn more about Gaza 5K history at

Do I have to be vaccinated to participate in person? 

Yes, you must be fully vaccinated to attend the in-person event. Please see our COVID-19 guidelines, including vaccination requirements.

Not in the Bay Area or prefer to participate from home? You may also choose the virtual option.

What’s the goal of this year’s Gaza 5K?

We aim to raise $300,000 by October 1 to directly employ UNRWA counselors in Gaza. These counselors will provide refugee students with individual and group counseling sessions. The more you raise, the more we can do!

Your fundraising is the key to our efforts and impact. Check out these fundraising perks to encourage you to be at the top of your fundraising game.

What does my Gaza 5K fundraising do?

Your fundraising can enable UNRWA to employ mental health counselors recruited locally from the Palestine refugee population. UNRWA counselors provide psychosocial support to address the mental health needs of refugee children and families in Gaza. The people of Gaza suffer from trauma due to repeated Israeli military assaults and the continued blockade. Counseling offers kids in Gaza a safe space to express their emotions and fears and a way to learn valuable coping skills.

Event timeline

Wednesday, September 28: Pre-race packet pick-up (details coming soon!)

Thursday, September 29: Pre-race packet pick-up (details coming soon!)

Saturday, October 1: Race day at Coyote Point Park

8:00 am – Gaza 5K packet and fundraising prize pick-up

9:30 am – Opening ceremony

10:00 am – Race begins!

10:45 am – Awards ceremony for top 3 finishers

11:00 am – Closing ceremony with more awards, followed by dabke!

12:30 pm – Event ends

**There is NO onsite registration for this event — you must register before race day to participate!** 

 All attendees will be given the opportunity to fundraise. Registration for children under age 2 is free.

UNRWA’s mental health counselors change lives and restore hope for children impacted by trauma.

From California to Palestine, no person should ever have to suffer constant distress. You can improve quality of life for refugee children in the Gaza Strip by signing up and fundraising for the Bay Area Gaza 5K.

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