RUN FOR PEACE – September 18, 2019
The International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed around the world each year on September 21. Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace.”
Here in Gettysburg, the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County kicks off our local celebration on Wednesday, September 18 with a free 5K, open to the public – the first 100 participants to arrive will receive a free peace t-shirt thanks to the YWCA’s generous Hallmark Sponsors. Our goal is to bring the community together to remind one another of our common humanity.
Grab your friends, family members and sneakers and meet us in front of the Appalachian Brewing Company (70 Presidential Circle) at 5:45 p.m. as we kick off International Day of Peace. This fun run (or walk) will cover a 5K course around Adams Commerce Center. Walkers will commence promptly at 6 p.m., followed by runners at 6:30 p.m. Those participating are encouraged to use the parking lots of ABC and the Wyndham Gettysburg.
Participants and spectators are encouraged to visit Appalachian Brewing Company before and/or after the run for a bite to eat. ABC has graciously offered to donate 10% of food proceeds purchased between 5-8:30 p.m. to the YWCA! Together, we will run for peace and raise money for our local YWCA. No registration is necessary to participate.