On October 6th, A.C.E. hosted the 2nd annual Run About the World 5K fun run/walk. The fun run was also a kickoff for events celebrating our 40th anniversary year between 2013 and 2014. The Run About the World benefits A.C.E. World Language & Culture Ambassadors (WLCA), an enrichment program that prepares youth to engage with a globally connected world by offering foreign language and cultural instruction courses. Taking place on a gorgeous Seattle Sunday, this year’s Run About the World was able to raise $6,000 and provide 22 scholarships solely from registration proceeds and sponsorships. A.C.E. would like to once again express our gratitude to our sponsors for making an impact in bridging the international gaps of language and culture! Our sponsors include the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle Public Schools, the Woodward, Shepherd and Parker families, and many more.
Starting bright and early, the 9:00 AM warm up, led by Nicole Nazzaro, founder of the Wellness Playbook and speaker on health, wellness, and preventive medicine, prepared this year’s 169 registered participants for the 5K course. The route started at Gas Works Park, continued onto the scenic Cheshiahud Lake Union Trail, and finished at South Lake Union Park. Among the participants, A.C.E. Board Members and Central Office Staff were seen running or walking shoulder to shoulder with A.C.E. Language Institute students and dozens of local community members of all ages. Even a few family dogs ran the 5K to encourage our participants to keep up! As both runners and walkers neared the pedestrian bridge on the last legs of the race, the growing sound of music from the International Festival was drowned out by the cheers of volunteers and early finishers who gathered around the finish line to congratulate each and every participant on their accomplishment.
After crossing the finish line, participants were greeted with an explosion of color from the International Festival. Focused on a mutual exchange of international customs, cultures and traditions, A.C.E. students managed booths that showcased a global assortment of local arts. From Arabic calligraphy and Peruvian weaving to Japanese Origami and Day of the Dead festivities, students and community members alike were delighted to share their culture while learning about another’s. An atmosphere of cultural celebration permeated through the air during the entirety of the International Festival and refused to be forgotten even as the crowd thinned after a long day of running and learning.
The 2nd annual Run About the World 5K Fun Run/Walk brought A.C.E’s domestic and international departments together to celebrate our strides in making the world your community. An enormous “thank you!” goes out to all participants, volunteers, and sponsors who came together to provide 22 students with an opportunity to become a global ambassador. See you next year!