This August, passionate runners from all over the world will be running the Beaches to Beacon 10k Road Race. As a race so notorious for bringing people together, we thought this the perfect opportunity to bring awareness to an organization that does the same--Seeds of Peace. Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has brought together youth from opposite sides of conflicts all around the world, and equipped them with the leadership skills to return home to their communities and bring about positive change towards peace. Notoriously known for their International Camp, located in Otisfield, Maine, hundreds of youths, known as "Seeds," spend three weeks in dialogue, humanizing the other side of conflict. We're running to help support Seeds of Peace in this endeavor by raising enough to sponsor one young peacebuilder to attend Camp and take part in this life changing experience!
Beaches to Beacon:
The course begins near Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth and winds along tree-lined roads and past dramatic ocean vistas before ending 6.2 miles later in Fort Williams next to Portland Head Light, the nation’s first commissioned lighthouse and also the most photographed lighthouse in America. The TD Beach to Beacon 10K attracts almost 6,500 runners, making it the largest road race in the Pine Tree State, who are cheered by thousands of spectators lining the course and assisted by 800+ volunteers. Held along the stunning Maine coastline on the first Saturday of every August, the event promotes and celebrates health, fitness and giving back.
Seeds of Peace:
In the face of some of the world’s most intractable conflicts, Seeds of Peace gives rise to new generations of leaders uniquely inspired and equipped to build lasting peace. Treaties are negotiated by governments; peace is made by people. Since 1993, Seeds of Peace has set the standard in international peace-building by providing exceptional young people and educators from regions of conflict with an otherwise impossible opportunity to meet their historic enemies face-to-face at our International Camp in Maine. We build on their extraordinary and critical relationships and understanding through year-round local programs that focus on the core leadership capacities needed to advance peace. There are now over 5,300 Seeds and Educators from 27 countries who prove that solutions exist, peace is possible, and there is reason to have hope for a better future.