Legal Run – first international charity run that has been uniting representatives of the global professional community of lawyers since 2014 in support of children under care of the charitable foundation “Podari Zhizn” and several regional funds
In 2018 Legal Run project and its team received an award of GQ magazine in the nomination “In a healthy business”.
In 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on sports and other public events related to the spread of the epidemic, the Legal Run Organizing Committee decided to hold the Global Legal Run flash mobs instead of the official races, to support the wards of “Podari Zhizn” this year. Several thousand participants tried their efforts on 3 continents, in 60 cities and 10 countries during July 1-21, 2020. In total, about 500 flash mobs were held around the world in 3 weeks within the framework of the Global Legal Run 2020 campaign.
In 2019, races were held from May 18 to June 8 in 10 Russian cities - in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Tyumen, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Blagoveshchensk.
Every year since 2014 the representatives of the Russian and international law firms, internal legal departments of the companies, students and teachers from law faculties participate in the run - in total more than 15 000 lawyers from 20 countries and 100 cities of the world have run their Legal Run in 2014-2020. Many of them run within their corporate teams – in 2019 200 teams ran their Legal Run, the most numerous of them consisted of nearly 37 lawyers.
Legal Run is a fundraising project. The contributions are collected during online registration, and the funds are directly transferred to the long-standing project partner – the “Podari Zhizn” charity foundation (and its sister branch in the UK «Gift of Life») and other local funds. From 2014 to 2020 within the project we succeeded to raise more than 18 million rubles, which allowed to provide with necessary medical treatment to 70 seriously ill children from Russia and abroad.
The Runs are arranged at the expense of private donations and sponsor's funds — law firms, the number of which in 2019 reached a record figure of 100 companies. The Run is arranged by a professional team consisting of lawyers, marketing experts, sports events experts and volunteers - in 2019 more than 500 volunteers were involved in arranging races in 2019.
Legal Run is held under the auspices of Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation and St. Petersburg International Legal Forum and is traditionally dedicated to three events: 1 June - the Children's Day, 31 May - day of the Russian legal profession and World No Tobacco Day.
Mission of the project:
Volunteer fundraising within a certain professional community - is an incipient phenomenon in Russia. By our example we strive to contribute to the development of such projects, by our efforts and enthusiasm - to set high standards and to inspire other professions and associations to seek and implement similar ideas.
Uniting people and lifting them above their personal ambitions and business interests - is not that easy. But we do not take the road less traveled and continue to believe that the competitors can still be together, because making good deeds together is better and more interesting and effective. Charity in any format - whether it is being made alone, incognito, publicly or in association with other people - certainly is noble and deserves much respect. But it is so much cooler to be a part of something great and common!
Health of the Nation. Yes-yes, in spite of the pompous wording. You have no idea how many lawyers got into running after Legal Run. Our colleagues start their preparations for the race a few months before the start, engaging professional trainers and keeping themselves fit constantly throughout the year. There are many professional marathon runners among lawyers and every year their number is growing more. It's great to realize that step by step we help people feel healthier and happier, encouraging to improve their quality of life. And nothing motivates better than participation within your favorite corporate team!
As seen from the slogan RUN. SMILE. BEFRIEND, the project invites the professional lawyers community to unite and help those who struggle for their lives... Let us network, get acquainted, and together do something good - with pleasure and a smile, strengthening your body and spirit, as to run and overcome yourself is really a great feeling!
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