BolderBOULDER Helps Put on One World Belize Run
In April 2011, a dozen undergraduates from Ohio State were among 17 volunteers from One World Running who spent their "alternative spring break" in Belize putting on the annual One World Special Olympics Run and distributing 2,250 pairs of shoes donated by U.S. runners, including those collected by the BolderBOULDER, which also helped with race logistics.
The One World Belize Run included a 5K and 3K fun run / walk in downtown Belize City, starting and finishing at the Stella Maris school for disabled youth. The school was the site of a three-day shoe distribution, with teachers from elementary and high schools around the city bringing in students to receive the shoes. Spikes and racing and training flats were also distributed to members of the Belize junior national team. The Ohio State students also distributed shoes in Orange Walk and Corozal, towns in northern Belize.
"It is gratifying to see running increasing in Belize," said Ana Weir, a Boulder nurse and former Runner's World Hero of Running. "And also neat to see the Ohio State students connecting with the teachers, students and runners. It shows how we really are 'one world'."
Journalist Mike Sandrock said the BolderBOULDER has been supporting Shoes for Africa / One World Running since his first trip to Africa to run a marathon 25 years ago. "We are simply promoting BolderBOULDER values around the world."