Corre la Vida Run – Organ Donors & Transplants
On Sunday morning there was a 7km run with a difference.
It was to create awareness about transplants and donating organs.
In Chile when you apply for a new carnet (the local ID card), you must specify whether you are a donor or not and it then appears on the card. Unfortunately, not many people have said yes.
As a family we are currently experiencing what it is like to wait for a donated organ for one of its members with the emotional frustrations and expenses that this involves.
This is why I went to my first running event EVER!
And how well did I do in the run?
Well, I didn’t. I said I went to the event, I didn’t say I ran.
My only running involves that behind a ball playing in our football league on Saturdays.
However, our family DID do the 2.5km walk that was also a part of the event.
Well, our 6-year old son ran the whole way while we walked. He probably ran double the amount of km of the walk as he zig-zagged to and from everywhere running to check out this plant, that rock or anything else that grabbed his curious attention. And yes, he ran the whole time and seemed he would have been able to continue well after the finish.
The run started at Parque Uruguay just outside the Salvador Metro Station, went down to Plaza Italia, crossed the Pio Nono bridge, then went up Avda Santa Maria to Puente Suecia (bridge). Crossing that it then went back down Costanera to the finish line. Those that walked only went up to Puente del Arzobispo (bridge).
There were prizes too for the different categories, including one for those who have had a transplant. There were also some cool spot prizes too.
Before the prize giving Keko Yunge, a well-known Chilean singer, sang “Arriba los sueños”, the song he wrote for Chile after the 2010 8.8 Earthquake. I hadn’t heard him sing in years.
Next year we plan to do the run as a family (fingers crossed).
We just have to one thing first… a thing called training.
The official page for the run is: www.correlavida.cl
Are you a donor?
Photos from the Run