About the Race for Refugees:

The Race for Refugees is an annual 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Walk, Kiddie K, and Family Fun Day held at Paoli Presbyterian Church in Paoli, Pennsylvania. This event brings awareness and much needed funding to the work World Vision is doing with Syrian refugees, bringing relief and aid in camps throughout Lebanon and Jordan. Our first race was in 2017 – over 300 people participated and over $60,000 was raised!

On Race Day: September 8th

  • Route starts at Paoli Presbyterian Church: 225 S. Valley Rd., Paoli, PA 19301
  • On site registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
  • 5K Run/Walk  and 1 Mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Kiddie K begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • Awards and Family Fun Day: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


What is the Refugee Crisis?

Over 60 million children and families have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and strife, collapse of infrastructure, and serious danger to their lives. These are the largest numbers of refugees and displaced people since World War II. Refugees are people who have fled their home country due to war, violence, or persecution, according to the UN Refugee Agency. Refugees are different from immigrants because refugees cannot go home, or are afraid that it is not safe to return. Displaced people have had to leave their homes for the same reason as a refugee, but they are still living within their home country. More than half of all the world’s refugees are children under the age of 18.

Partnering with World Vision:

All proceeds from this race will go to World Vision. Started in the 1950’s, World Vision is a global Christian humanitarian organization that goes where humanitarian and development needs are high. If estimates hold true, by 2030, around eighty percent of the world’s extreme poor will live in fragile states. What’s more alarming is that extreme poverty has a child’s face: the majority of people in fragile contexts are young. As a child-focused organization, WV has a clear call to help the most vulnerable children — those who live in fragile states and who are increasingly forced to flee instability within and across borders as refugees. World Vision partners with churches, donor governments, corporations, and individual supporters across the globe, in addition to local communities, faith bodies, civil society, and public institutions where they work. Ultimately, WV’s successful programs empower refugees and displaced people and cultivate ingenuity and resilience, so that communities have the know-how, the confidence, and the ability to help themselves and care for their children.