"You would think on a university campus there would be some kind of concern for the Darfur issue, but really you don't see a lot of that," said Freidman, who has assisted Rowen in organizing the race. "I was really surprised because I didn't think a high schooler would be capable of putting all this together."
The race will step off in Schenectady's Vale Park at 10 a.m. Already 68 people have signed up to run, but Rowen hopes that number will increase with participants able to register the day of the event beginning at 8:30 a.m.
All of the proceeds from the race will go directly to the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian relief group providing assistance to the people of Darfur since 2004.
"I was impressed because 91 percent of their profits go directly to the people's needs," said Rowen of the committee.
"The organization buys tents for shelter, food, clothing and they employ therapists to work with the women and children who've been raped," said Rowen. The committee is also calling on all parties to commit to a ceasefire.
There is a $25 entrance fee to participate in the race. The race has a U.S.A. Track and Field Sanction with sponsors such as Hannaford Supermarkets, Freihofer's, the Spectrum 8, the Guilderland High School Chapter of Amnesty International, Perreca's Bakery, Pinhead Susan's, Chez Daisie Creperie and Gade Farm.
For information about the race, visit www.myspace.com/runfordarfur.""