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Born 2 Run 4th edition: youth engagement and dialogue through sports

In these beautiful autumn days, Born2Run 2021 event was one of the best things that happened, not only for sports lovers but also for the entire city of Kumanovo. The race had two different tracks: the short one, which was 3km long, and the long one, which was 10km. More than 200 participants took part in the race this year, and we hosted guests from ‘Poraka Nasha’ from Kumanovo.

The event aimed at bringing together ethnically divided communities of the city and promoting a spirit of coexistence and mutual trust through sports events. The event was organized for the fourth time in Kumanovo thanks to the support we received from OSCE Mission to Skopje, Municipality of Kumanovo, Ministry of Internal Affairs – Kumanovo, Red Cross Kumanovo, Health center Kumanovo, Ritron Copy, and Fluidi-M.

Milan Jakimovski, one of the volunteers, shared with us his opinion about Born to Run:

“It was the first time I was volunteering in the race and I loved it: the race was one of the best things that happened to me this month, the crew was on point and participants were into the race. I truly appreciated it, and I would do everything over once more. What I liked the most was the involvement of individuals with special needs who were running, too. I really loved their enjoyment! And at the end of the day, they were the genuine champs of the race. Last but not least, I would like to thank each participant who ran in our Born2Race event and to the CID staff that made all this possible”.

Katerina Cvetkovska was also part of the volunteers during Born to Run: “This was my first experience in a more serious organization, which requires seriousness from volunteering and a lot of hard work. This race, which is being organized for the fourth time in a row, has taught me a lot of new things. Our team of volunteers worked very well, thanks to the effective team-building training that took place in Ohrid this summer. Although during the race we were worried about how the event would go, at the end of the day Born2Run went wonderfully well, without any problems. Many thanks to all the participants who took part in the race, and special thanks to the participants from Poraka Nasha who showed immense courage, motivation, and love for the event. This was a wonderful experience for me through which I met many wonderful new friends and I hope that our friendship will continue”.

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