By Mhyla Borkowski, VP Operations

Go, Team SIWA, go!!!

In 2016, more than 50 SIWA members, families and friends, including 11 children, registered to be part of the SIWA Team at the 14th International Peace Marathon Festival,which commemorates world peace and reconciliation. The race included people who ran or walked a 5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon.

Every year, the city of Gangnam-gu invites Seoul International Women’s Association to participate, but this was the first year we had such an amazing turnout! The first marathon was held in 2003 to celebrate world peace by helping children suffering from war and starvation in Afghanistan. Sponsored by the Eighth U.S. Army stationed in Korea, the celebration was attended by diplomats and dignitaries from 98 countries.

Today, thousands of people attend this event, which is usually on October 3 or the public holiday called National Foundation Day in Korea, AKA Gaecheonjeol (개천절). This day commemorates the founding of the Korean nation in 2333 B.C. by the legendary god-king Dangun.

If you missed out on this family-friendly event, save the date for this year — Saturday, September 30, 2017!

 

UPDATE: Registration is now open to join the SIWA Team at the Peace Marathon Festival: siwakorea.com