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Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or an antelope – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – African Proverb

My name is Güler. I am a 25 years’ old Turkish and French athlete. I decided to run in the Rock and Roll Washington DC Marathon on behalf of Project HOPE as an iHope Hero because even though I am a light sleeper, I am a heavy dreamer. I believe in Project HOPE’s mission which consists in decreasing poverty around the world. I participated in various humanitarian missions around the world and I learnt to put my personal confort on the side.

On March 12th, I will give the best out of myself to complete the Rock and Roll Washington DC Marathon. I know I can do it because last year I successfully run in the NYC Marathon for the first time and I promised myself to repeat this experience. Running on behalf of Project HOPE as an iHope Hero will be an added value to my race because it will be a way to unite my passion to my studies in Human Rights.

Indeed, I am visually impaired so I can not run on my own. In These 42 k and 195 m, or 26,2 miles, I will be escorted by another athlete. The person who will be leading me during this unique experience will be chosen soon and I am looking forward to introduce him/her to you. Running with someone gives another dimension to my dream. If you want to see how it works I invite you to watch this short video based on my experience in New York:

UPEACE News: Guler Koca UPEACE´s Student at the NY Marathon:  

I am Making HOPE Happen…one step at a time.

I have joined Project HOPE’s iHOPE Heroes program and am taking steps to change lives. I accepted this challenge because I believe in Project HOPE and their urgent work to help boys and girls, men and women in poor countries who are suffering and dying.

Your generous support will help rush medicine and medical supplies into poverty zones around the world…rescue people trapped in humanitarian crises and disasters…fight lethal infectious diseases like TB and AIDS…combat chronic diseases…teach moms about keeping their children healthy… and so much more.

Together with your help, Project HOPE can ease suffering, cure sickness and even save lives halfway around the world.

Please make a donation today to help respond to crisis and provide HOPE for the future!

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