The EU Embassy Run is an annual event run in conjunction with the EU Embassies’ Open House event on May 12th 2018. For the last eight years, we have celebrated the cultural heritage and national traditions that the 28 member countries have to offer.
The Embassy Run all started with a dare. Chito Peppler, who just wrapped up a joint tour at the U.S. European Command, thought it would be a good idea to run and visit several of Embassies from the countries he knew and love while stationed abroad.
He rounded up a few people and kicked off the first run to much fanfare. However, the next two years Chito was only able to convince a few of his roommates to run with him — no one else seemed interested.
Original 4 runners in 2009
Sadly the run crawled along with just several participants until 2014, when Runner’s World called to see if they could cover our run.
2010 Run at Embassy of Finland
With the help of the DC Capital Striders, Chito was able to muster 40 runners to sign up at the last minute.
In 2016, with over 150 runners and volunteers, $2,000 was raised for Team River Runner to help wounded service members and their families the chance to find health and healing through kayaking.
In addition to setting a record in number of runners, we were able to visit as many as 15 Embassies running two different routes.
Last year, we were proud to add UNICEF as our primary beneficiary. Due to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe there are hundreds of thousands of at-risk children who are in dire need of basic and psychosocial support.
This year, all our proceeds will support Team River Runner – helping wounded veterans and their families rehabilitate through kayaking and other water sports.
EU Embassy Run – 28 Embassies – 10 Miles – a Lifetime of Smiles