The One World Marathon is a movement (running, walking, rolling, etc.) and team building event created and implemented by the One World Strong Foundation that exemplifies and promotes the core principles of unity, peace, collaboration and connection through running and other healthy physical activities.
The implementation of a strong, unified virtual platform that supports the message of connectivity and openness contradicts the basic premises of bigotry and separatism; providing a rigorous counter narrative to those produced by violent extremism and terrorist rhetoric.
By providing an opportunity for youth and adults from around the world to participate together in a virtual marathon (combining their miles/steps toward a team goal of 26.2 miles), we foster the development of a global citizen mindset. Participation and the resulting experiences and stories build awareness and generate support for those that struggle with both the physical and psychological challenges related to trauma. Our participants begin to learn that when a diverse global community of caring people work together toward a common goal, they can change the world.