What do First National Bank (FNB), American Community School at Beirut (ACS) and International College (IC) all have in common? They all ran for ULYP’s cause at the 2017 Beirut Marathon and helped make this year our most impactful to date!
Sunday 12 November witnessed 215 runners come together for ULYP’s cause at the Beirut Marathon. We want to express a huge thank you to everyone who ran for ULYP, our ACS and Bridge program volunteers who filled our cheering and water station with noise, encouragement and smiles, and FNB who sponsored our students to run. It was a truly inspiring day and one that will not be forgotten soon.
On March 22, over 6000 enthusiastic children and youth ran the 5km Youth Marathon in Dbayeh. ULYP’s participation in the marathon was made possible thanks to First National Bank (FNB), who sponsored 18 underprivileged children to run. Additionally, children from the American Community School (ACS) paid twice the established race fees in order for a child from a ULYP program to be able to participate alongside them.
In addition to the race, running shoes collected by the Beirut Marathon Association will be distributed to underprivileged children in our network. ULYP is very grateful for the support of the BMA, and hopes that proper running shoes will give these children the possibility to feel the joy of running and to contribute to a healthy and happy lifestyle.
ULYP would like to give a big thank you to all the participants, the BMA, the students at ACS and to FNB for sponsoring children’s race fees and transport.
A grand total of 205 people participated in this year’s Beirut Marathon for ULYP, raising an incredible $3,189.67 for our Together in one Basket program. We are very grateful to everyone who supported us this year, especially to First National Bank, the American Community School and all our wonderful station volunteers!
This is the second year in a row that people have been able to run in the marathon for ULYP and for a united Lebanon. We were pleased to have a group of runners of mixed nationalities and ages, like the ULYP family itself. This included: 58 runners from First National Bank, 45 runners from American Community School, six ULYP staff and volunteers in the Relay Race, several friends of ULYP, and our star runner, Aliaa Ghaddar, who ran the whole marathon. Paul van Sprang, the father of a ULYP team member, made his way from the Netherlands to Beirut to bring the $2,550 he kindly raised for us and to run the 10km. In addition, 82 children currently participating in our programs had the opportunity to take part in this fantastic event, 42 running 10km as an ‘Adopt a Team’ guided by their coaches and teachers, and a further 40 children sponsored by FNB to run the 5km.
10 students from our BRIDGE program volunteered at our fruit andwater station and another 10 at our Gatorade station to keep all the runners refreshed, hydrated and motivated.
We are very grateful to all our friends and supporters who ran, donated and volunteered for us, especially to FNB, ACS and Paul van Sprang!