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he waves from Bangalore and Mumbai fundraiser marathons for Isha Vidhya seem to have traveled across the Pacific and reached the shores of Silicon Valley in California. This was the first time in the US that Isha Vidhya participated in a marathon event. Waves of blue were seen rising, and the words Isha Vidhya with the message ”I am running to build a rural school” were seen soaring high amidst myriad of colors at the India Community Center (ICC) Sevathon 2012 campaign on July 15.

We had over 125 registered runners that gathered in their blue Isha Vidhya tees in Baylands Park at sunrise, the venue for the 5k, 10k and half marathon. The local community along with our volunteers came together and raised more than $27000 to educate over 100 underprivileged children in rural India.

We are very grateful to India Community Center, who brought over 60 prominent non-profit organizations together under the umbrella of Sevathon, and provided the platform to promote our cause also. All the non-profit organizations were highly impressed to see Isha Vidhya register the maximum runners and raise the maximum funds out of all the groups.

More than the numbers, it was the tremendous joy and enthusiasm that our team displayed throughout the day that made the difference for our team and the event. Besides, every detail was meticulously planned and executed. Some of our volunteers also helped ICC in the marathon event management. Isha Vidhya made a huge impact and definitely had the spotlight!

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers, runners and donors who made this marathon a big success. Their support will go a long way in bringing about a change in the lives of many rural children. One baby step in California – one big leap for rural education.