Sunset Run for Refugees
Date(s) - 06/19/2020
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
pin Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
On the eve of World Refugee Day, June 19, 2020, join us for a sunset run/walk & candlelight vigil in support of refugees around the globe.
The Sunset Run for Refugees is a special annual event to commemorate World Refugee Day, which takes place on June 20th every year. This event invites the runners, walkers, and community of Washington, DC to gather for a candlelight display and vigil at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool after the sun sets on the eve of World Refugee Day, June 19th, to raise awareness and donations for refugee issues worldwide.
Runners and walkers will come together for a short run or walk to form a caravan of light and hope for refugees that will then surround the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in candlelight as the sun sets of the eve of World Refugee Day in the nation’s capital.
The run will be about 3 miles (5k) and the route for walkers will be about 2 miles. WALKERS ARE WELCOME, TOO!
The annual Sunset Run for Refugees has attracted over 800 attendees across its three-year lifespan. This year, we hope that this all-volunteer effort can bring out at least 1,000 participants from throughout the DC area so that we can fully envelop the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with candlelight on the eve of World Refugee Day.
GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY’S ELLIOT SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS IS AN OFFICIAL CO-SPONSOR and will be our official check-in/candle distribution point for the run/walk.
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Come join the Caravan of Light and Hope for Refugees!
EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC
WHAT IS WORLD REFUGEE DAY?
Established by Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 2000 and occurring each year on June 20th, World Refugee Day is an international observance intended to call attention to the plight of refugees and individuals displaced from their homes due to war, violence, and persecution. The first World Refugee Day was observed in 2001, coinciding with the 50-year anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Each year on June 20th there are numerous events around the globe designed to raise awareness of the tremendous struggles refugees face and urge action toward solutions.
THERE IS NO COST TO ATTEND THIS EVENT
For this free, all-volunteer effort, we encourage all participants to consider a contribution to event logistics through a GoFundMe donation: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sunsetrunforrefugees2020 and to donate to the refugee relief organizations through the event website.
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SUNSET RUN FOR REFUGEES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
HOW LONG IS THE RUN?
The run will be about a 5K (3.1 miles), on a route that will go by the White House and end at the Lincoln Memorial.
WHERE IS THE RUN?
Check in is at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs (1957 E Street NW), located just blocks from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Doors open for check-in at GW’s Elliott School at 7:00 pm. All runners will depart Elliott School (in small groups of 20-40) by 8:00 pm, latest. All runners or walkers (see below) should arrive to Elliott School no later than 7:40 pm.
Elliott School is within a short walking distance of the Farragut West and Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stations on the Orange, Blue, and Gray Lines.
ARE WALKERS WELCOME?
Yes, absolutely. There will be 2-mile route for walkers. Families (and strollers!) are also welcome to join us. We will accommodate anyone who would like to partake in this important event in support of refugees.
IS THERE A BAG CHECK?
Yes, a free bag check will be provided at the Elliott School.
WHAT DOES THE VIGIL AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL CONSIST OF?
As runners and walkers arrive at the Lincoln Memorial, prior to sunset, there will be music at the edge of the Reflecting Pool.
Around 8:30, just before sunset, the formal program will begin and several guest speakers, including refugees, will address the crowd.
At about 9:00, all runners and walkers will form two single-file lines and completely envelop the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with candlelight. Photographers and videographers will be on hand to capture the display. Watch this short (35 second) video to get an idea of how it all comes together — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GZBsDTkOMM!
IS REGISTRATION REQUIRED?
No, but we encourage people to register through Eventbrite, which will ensure that participants receive the latest updates and information. You can find our Eventbrite registration link here: