Don’t forget to pack your running shoes! JavaJog returns to Seattle this April in conjunction with the SCA Global Specialty Coffee Expo. Since 2013, JavaJog has brought together hundreds of coffee aficionados, runners, walkers and friends to raise more than $75,000 in support of coffee women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia through local organizations on the ground.
After a year hiatus, the JavaJog organizing committee is committed to producing another great fun run and fundraiser. JavaJog 2017 will be held Friday, April 21st at South Lake Union Park in Seattle and will again focus on raising money for women in coffee growing regions from around the world.
“This year’s goal is to welcome 250 runners who will collectively raise $25,000 for projects to support women throughout the world,” explains Kimberly Easson, a JavaJog co-founder.
“We are confident that our mission to connect women to the coffee community and funnel resources to projects that enable them to improve their position, their well-being and that of their families, farms, communities and organizations, will be met,” she added.
Adding to the race-day fun, will be Marcus Boni, who will join us again this year as the emcee. Boni is sure to have a few tricks up his sleeve, but expect to get ready for the race with a little pre-race warm ups and a few heats of our popular coffee bag sack races. Race-day coffee will be available, as will other vendors. Be sure to challenge your friends and colleagues to make this the biggest and best JavaJog event ever — set up a lively competition for the fastest runner, craziest costume, or highest fundraiser.
Established early in 2013 by Kimberly Easson, Beth Ann Caspersen, and Aimee Russillo. The Founders’ Run was held in Boston with 15 runners and raised $7500, which was donated to the women’s committee of the Sopacdi farmer’s cooperative in South Kivu, DRC. JavaJog 2014 raised more than $35,000 for coffee-farming women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The $23,000 raised in the 2015 JavaJog for a Cause has been awarded to two organizations working to better the lives of women in coffee growing communities in Ethiopia: Grounds for Health in partnership with Sidamo Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and the Girls Gotta Run Foundation.
Thank you to our current JavaJog 2017 Gold Sponsors: Equal Exchange and Baratza. For information about sponsorship levels, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us again this year at South Lake Union Park for fun, camaraderie and a great cause! Race start times are 7am for the 10K, and 7:30am for the 5K.
Start your fundraiser or support a runner at the JavaJog Crowdrise page.