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Oak Tree Run 2016

Last year 430 runners participated in our first Oak Tree Run (5K, 10K, and half marathon) and we were able to raise enough money for three scholarships for the kids (about $18,000). This year Oak Tree Run will be on Saturday, October 15 at Yeoinaru Han River Park (Yeoido), the same location as last year with 100% of registration fees and funds raised going directly to scholarships for the orphans. Like last year, we are organizing a group to join an existing race in Seoul. The race is open to Koreans and foreigners, runners of all levels, walkers, and families. All backgrounds, ages, and skill levels are welcome. Parents are welcome to push their babies in strollers or walk with their kids. To add to the run this year we will have two talented singers performing and an experienced balloon man to make balloon animals for the kids (and for those young at heart). We’re hoping for a more festive atmosphere this year, but regardless the cause is a great one and we hope you can run again.

Many have asked us how can you help us this year. A great way to help us would be to save the flyer below and post it on your Facebook or blog and to share about the run with your co-workers, school/academy (if you’re a teacher or student), community groups, and family. We will have the flyer printed and ready to distribute this Friday in Seoul. If you would like some flyers to hand out please let us know ([email protected]). Here is a video explaining Oak Tree Project that you can also share: https://vimeo.com/183467242.

For those running a business or a school, you could give an incentive for those who run. One restaurant last year offered a free cookie or drink to those who registered for the run. That helped increase awareness of the run for us and we were very grateful. Please also share about the run on any Facebook groups or communities you’re a part of. Thank you!

All of our 18 students and mentors from Oak Tree Project will be participating along with many kids still living in orphanages. If you would like to sponsor a kid to run (33,000won) then please e-mail us at [email protected]

Information about the run is below…


Race options: 5K, 10K, Half marathon
Registration fee: 33,000 won
All registrants receive a t-shirt on the race day.

If you would like to join the October 15th race, you can REGISTER HERE.

The registration deadline is Thursday, October 6th.

Why do we run? For the orphans: Click here to read their stories.

Oak Tree Project currently has 18 students on scholarship and hopes to expand to 30 students in 2016. One scholarship is $6,000 per student. Our goal is to have 1,000 runners participate and raise $42,000 (about 42,000,000 won) to provide seven scholarships for new students. So please share this event and help us spread the word to friends in Korea!

For runners who would like to raise funds as an individual or with a group, you can create your own fundraising page here. On the site, underneath the picture click “Create a fundraiser for this project” and set up your fundraiser. Creating a fundraiser is very easy and can be shared with your friends, family, and co-workers.

Thank you for your support of Oak Tree Project!

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