RGI 5K Fun Run

Sat May 18, 2019 Medina, WA US 98039 Directions

RGI 5K Fun Run

9:30AM PDT - 12:00PM PDT
8000 NE 12th St
Medina Park
Medina, WA US 98039

THANK YOU to the Sinegal Foundation for matching up to $20,000 of donations that come in the next two days!

Every dollar helps us reach our goal. Our goal is to raise the $20,000 matched money so we can sponsor 16 students.  Will you join with us?

15 year old Sophie Sharp, Clyde Hill resident, 9th grade student at The Overlake School, Redmond and alumn of St. Thomas School, Medina is once again organizing the RGI 5K Fun Run.  After a hugely successful community event last year where she raised over $20,000, Sophie is organizing the run through Medina to benefit Rwanda Girls Initiative (RGI). 

RGI’s mission is to educate and empower girls in Rwanda to reach their highest potential. Founders Suzanne “Soozi” Sinegal McGill and Shalisan “Shal” Foster recognized that education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women.  In collaboration with the Rwandan government and Gashora community, they established Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) as an upper-secondary boarding school would not only change the future of Rwanda, it would become a model for girls’ education for Sub-Saharan Africa.  “We strive to cultivate inspired leaders with a love of learning and a sense of economic empowerment to strengthen their communities and foster Rwanda’s growth. The Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) is an innovative and socio-economically diverse model upper-secondary school designed to provide a “whole girl” education. GGAST provides a rigorous college prep academic program, combined with leadership training and extra-curricular activities that fill our girls with confidence that they can pursue their dreams of university education and fulfilling and impactful vocations.” Educate a girl. Inspire a community. Transform a country.

T-Shirts are available during online registration until 20th April. Limited T-shirts will be available on a first come first serve base for those who register after that date. 


  • Registration | 7:30am – 9am
  • 5K start | 9:30am

Course Description

This 5k Fun Run is a different course to last year, starting at Medina Park, up NE 12th Street turning right at Evergreen Point Road, running all the way to the 520, then returning along the same route back to Medina Park.

Registration and Packet Pick-up

  • Early Packet Pick-up is to be held on May 17th at St. Thomas School, Medina front steps between 4 - 6 pm
  • Packet Pick-up is available day of the event between 7:30 - 9am
  • You can register on the day of the event between 7:30 - 8:30am


Awards will be given to the top 3 places in all age divisions for Men and Women! These include:

  • <10 and under
  • 11 - 14
  • 15 - 19
  • 20 - 29
  • 30 - 39
  • 40 - 49
  • 50 - 59
  • 60 - 69
  • 70+

That's over 54 medals to be given out! Don't miss the opportunity to place in your age group!

Timing / Results

A link will be posted on our website on the Results Page of Woodinville Running Company at www.woodinvillerunningcompany.com

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director, Sophie Sharp, at sophies1@live.com

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Become a Sponsor or Food Vendor

In addition to either making a Donation, and/or participating in the event, we are offering additional ways to support the event as a vendor or food booth, allowing a company to have a stall at the event to promote their company or business.

Vendor / Food Booth Option: New for this year, we are accepting requests for vendors / exhibitors to set up a vendor or food booth on the day of the event to promote their company – Vendor Booth (10x10) $75 / Food Vendor $150. Please contact race contact, Sophie Sharp, if you are interested!

Purpose and Where Your Money Will Go

In May of 2017 I had the chance to visit Rwanda and it changed my life. I met so many amazing people and I learned a lot of history about the Rwandan Genocide. 1 million people in Rwanda were killed in just 100 days in the genocide. The countries recovery has been amazing and, the general resilience, positivity and outlook of the Rwandan people after such an atrocious event has been remarkable. I could wave to anyone on the streets and they would smile and wave back. Rwanda is an amazing country and I believe that I can make a difference.

I am very passionate about girl’s education and you can raise a country out of poverty by educating girls.  Rwanda Girls Initiative set up the Gashora Girls Academy which I visited while I was there. It is very hard in Rwanda for a girl to get an education because of all the barriers they face. Some of the barriers include early pregnancy, family care and housework, violence in school, long distances to school, lack of safe/clean girls-only toilets, poverty, and child/early/forced marriage. Two mothers from my school started this high school for girls that would eliminate those barriers. It is a boarding school that provides shelter, materials, and all a girl needs to be successful and they are kept safe throughout their high school experience. The girls at the school are incredibly motivated because they have been given this amazing opportunity to receive an education. Many are offered ivy league college placements in the US, UK and Europe, but rather than it being a brain drain for Rwanda, most of them plan to return to make their country better. This is an amazing cause and I believe that I can make a difference with your help. Let’s make dreams come true. (Sophie Sharp)

What you will get in return

In addition to empowering a girl to receive a higher education, thereby changing that girl’s life – you will have an opportunity to promote your business at a super fun event?


We are very appreciative for our sponsors for this year’s event!  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for our 2020 event, please contact Sophie Sharp (sophies1@live.com). We’d love to hear from you!


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