Kipsongo Project Virtual Event & 5K Run/Walk

Sun July 5 - Sat July 11 Delafield, WI US 53018 Directions
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Delafield, WI US 53018
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Rain, Shine or COVID-19 


With the safety of our supporters and community in mind, we’ve decided that the 9th Annual Kipsongo Project 5K Run/Walk will look a little different than years past. Instead of an in-person gathering at Lapham Peak, we will host an entire week of virtual experiences. 


Here’s what’s planned: 

  • Online classes: Registrants receive access to a variety of live, online classes throughout the week of July 5-11. These classes are led by professional instructors and range in format from yoga to core, cardio and dance. You can participate in as many or as few classes as you’d like — no judgement, just fun!
  • Virtual run: The run/walk is now the culmination of our week-long virtual experience. Kipsongo supporters near and far will gather together (while apart) and vow to run or walk at least 5K on July 11. There’s not a lot of rules here — choose your path, go the distance, and if need-be participate on a date earlier in the week. We will not set a course, but you can find a route near you or create your own with tools like MapMyRun. 
     

Here’s what you do: 

  1. Register: Click the “Sign Up” button to register for the week-long event.   
  2. Add-on: As you go through the registration process be on the lookout for various add-on opportunities. This includes individual or team contributions, as well as project-based donations for specific causes like our nutrition or water-filtration programs. Given the circumstances, we’re not recruiting official sponsorship partners for this year’s event. Rather, we’re relying on the generosity of our entire community of supporters — like you — to help us fill this revenue gap.
  3. Hold tight: As you can see, this year looks a lot different than years before. Over the coming weeks we will share details on the virtual classes and provide instructions on everything from how to join classes to uploading your race time, showing your support on social media, and more. 

We are truly grateful for our entire community of Kipsongo supporters. Despite the circumstances, we’re confident that we can band together and support the programs that the women and children of Kipsongo rely on — now more than ever. Thank you for all you do. 

Stay safe and healthy. 

Thank you from everyone at The Kipsongo Project

 

For anyone new to the event, here’s some background info:

The Kipsongo Project 5K Run/Walk is an annual event benefiting The Kipsongo Project, a 501 c3 non-profit organization based in Kipsongo Slum in Kenya. The Project aims to improve the lives of those living in Kipsongo Slum by equipping community members with the tools they need to earn an income and contribute positively to society. The Project funds various programs including children's nutrition and education programs, a micro-finance program, health programs, and more. 

The Project was started nine years ago by Krystina Finn and Lindsey Casagrande who were living in Kenya at the time. This 5K race, started by Krystina, was one of the first fundraisers held for the Project. Shortly afterwards, Krystina was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and passed away in December of 2014 after a long and courageous battle. This race is a way to honor Krystina's legacy and to carry on her dream of helping the women and children in Kipsongo Slum.

Funds raised from this event will help fund the Project's current initiatives including:

  • COVID-19 Relief - Maintaining the 35 handwashing stations we set up throughout Kipsongo, sewing and distributing face masks, and providing money for food to families in Kipsongo
  • Children's Education - primary, secondary, and college students
  • Adults' Education - computer classes, seamstress classes
  • Microfinance - small business establishment and development
  • Solar Power Irrigation - allows farmers to grow crops during dry seasons, thereby increasing income
  • Dairy Cow and Poultry projects
  • Children's Nutrition Program - provides three nutritious meals a day to children enrolled in our program
  • Preventive Health - distribution of water filters, bed nets, and providing health insurance to all employees
  • Curative Health - helping finance unexpected medical expenses for the Kipsongo community
  • Demonstration Garden - teaching the Kipsongo community about bio-intensive farming techniques
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