Today, Iyob Tessema, an Ethiopian running coach in Los Angeles, completed the L.A. Marathon, which took 25,000 runners on a 26.2 mile course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. But unlike many of us, Iyob was not daunted by the distance. Four years ago, he achieved a milestone: he completed 50 marathons before turning 50. Today’s race marked his 63rd marathon, and he doesn’t plan to quit anytime soon.
Despite having run several marathons before, Iyob still considered this race to be special. That’s because he had a brand new challenge: to raise money for vulnerable children worldwide. 100% of the funds he raised will go directly toward our Honorees’ high-impact programs for children.
“Children worldwide ARE our future, and the ultimate change makers in society,” Iyob said. “Serving as Running Ambassador to World of Children in the LA Marathon is the very least I can do to support the only global funding program which exclusively focuses on children-only issues.”
Thank you and congratulations, Iyob, for completing your 63rd race, and for helping us unlock the future for vulnerable children worldwide!
Want to share your next race, birthday, or special event with children? We would love to help cheer you on! Visit this link to learn how to set up a fundraising page for World of Children.