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Hunger Run In Rome Draws Crowds To Fight Hunger

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The 6th annual Hunger Run - a race through the streets of the Eternal City - was put on by IFAD, FAO, WFP and Bioversity International, and took place in Rome to "stop hunger in its tracks." All proceeds will benefit rural communities in Kenya affected by drought and poor harvests.

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The day consisted of two races - a competitive 10k and a non-competitive 5k. Over 3,000 supporters came out to spend a beautiful fall day running the streets of Rome.

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The run began at the Terme di Caracalla, with the starting shot fired at 10 am.

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WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin attended the event, along with many WFP volunteers and staff.

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Participants enjoyed the sunshine and the views as they ran and walked around the Eternal City.

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The event, once called "Run for Food," is one of many that take place in some twenty countries around the world.

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Besides just enjoying the run through the streets of Rome in October, participants enjoyed music from Soul Revolution and this traditional Scottish group.

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Over 3,000 people participated in the event - runners and walkers alike enjoying the atmosphere of the day.

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WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin shakes hands with the winner of the women's competitive race, Eleonora Bazzoni. The winner of the men's competitive race was Daniele Troia.

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The Hunger Run aimed to raise awareness about the fact that hundreds of millions of people around the world live in hunger.

Sponsored by the FAO, IFAD, Bioversity International and WFP, the 6th annual Hunger Run drew over 3,000 supporters who took to the streets in Rome to run and walk in support of a project that assists rural communities in Kenya affected by drought and poor harvests.