Corre la Vida Run – Organ Donors & Transplants

The start of the Corre la vida 7km Run

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!
Corre la vida walkers
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
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.

Keko Yunge singing at the Corre la vida run

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:

Are you a donor?

Photos from the Run

Corre la vida runners Corre la vida runners from behind

corre la vida run - doing warm-up exercises bend forward

corre la vida run - doing warm-up exercises bend right

Stands with Free Fruit at the Corre la vida run

Massage tables at the Corre la vida run

Corre la vida wall

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10 Responses to “Corre la Vida Run – Organ Donors & Transplants”

  1. Thornyrose November 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    I was an organ donor in the US and I would be here IF the people at the Registro Civil had offered me the option. When I realized that I had been marked (without asking me) as a “NO,” I went back to the desk and questioned it. The clerk, not wanting to redo any paperwork, told me with a shrug to change it when I apply for permanent residency next year!

    • Rob W. November 22, 2011 at 8:27 am #

      They didn’t ask you? That sucks. And then just shrugging it off, even worse.

      • Thornyrose November 22, 2011 at 8:52 am #

        No, they never asked. I probably should have insisted, but after two days of waiting in lines, I couldn’t face going through the whole thing again to change it. Here is my story of the process:
        21 Steps to being Chilena

        • Rob W. November 22, 2011 at 9:09 am #

          Funny, I wrote about the same type of experience, and ever threw in a flow chart: Local Customer Service

          • Thornyrose November 22, 2011 at 9:59 am #

            Great post!!! I can’t quit laughing! And love the flow chart.

            The “red number dispenser” seems to be ubiquitous and it’s usually on the opposite side of the store, just beyond the sea of people. I’ve posted two similar stories, one about trying to find dye for cloth and another about returning something to Jumbo. Your experience reminds me of these, except worse!

  2. Rob W. November 22, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Here’s Ange Chile’s version of the Run in Spanish:

  3. Francisco Claro November 23, 2011 at 7:55 pm #


    First of all I will introduced myself. I am one of the two organizers of this running event. I would like to thank you for going to the event and also for writing about it. For us (the organizers) it is a lovely surprise to read good comments about the event and the social cause.

    This event was organized by a friend and I, because we both received an organ donation (Matias received a liver transplant and I received a cornea transplant). We were very thankful about this, and that is why we want a lot more Chileans to have the luck that we had.

    And regarding one of the comments below. In Chile the decision that you make at the Registro Civil is not being respected. The only thing doctors respect is the approval of the family of the donor. So it doesn’t matter what the carnet says, the only thing that matters is that your family knows your position about organ donation.

    Also, I wanted to ask you if you could send me the pictures that you took that day. I am trying to gather as much as possible. I would be very thankful. I have dropbox if it makes it easier for you.

    Thank you very much again for assisting and for writing these kind words about the event.

    Hope to see you next year!

    Francisco Claro

    • Rob W. November 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Francisco,
      Thanks for creating this event and creating more awareness.
      Interesting your comment about it still depends on the approval of the family of the donor. I can imagine that happening now you mentioned it.
      I will send you an e-mail with some of the photos.
      Rob W.

      • Francisco Claro December 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

        Thank you Rob.
        Hope to see you next year at Corre la Vida 2012!
        Have a nice day,

  4. Dorothy November 25, 2011 at 4:37 am #

    It has been a long time since I joined a run. Looking at the pictures brings back memories of the amazing people I ran with. I can’t forget the energy I felt running with the crowd. I like the pictures taken. You have showed me how wild the event was.

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