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MREF Launches 3rd Annual Race Around the World for Education

Saint Paul, MN – The Marketing Research Education Foundation (MREF) will hold the 3rd annual Race Around the World for Education, a virtual race to help educate children around the world. Funds raised will support the work of four organizations focused on promoting education worldwide, providing learning opportunities for marginalized children.

During the race, individuals throughout the marketing research industry will log the miles they walk, bike and run during the month of May 2023 – 31 days to complete a virtual walk around the world and raise $120,000 to support global education for youth.

Rally your friends, family and colleagues to get moving and take part in an important cause. There is no charge to participate, and you can sign up at You are welcome to make a donation when you register.

Some fun facts:

  • Participants will log their miles on the race website as individuals or part of a company team and will be able to see their progress compared to others in the industry.

  • The top two individuals with the highest number of logged miles in each category (broken out by walk, run, bike and other), will each receive a prize.

  • All participants will receive a customized race bib and number that can be downloaded and printed as desired (and used as proof for insurance companies that support healthy activities!).

  • Participants will receive milestone badges when they reach goals: participation for days in a row, number of miles, etc.

  • There is an easy portal to share photos and encourage each other.

Registration and additional details can be found at


The MREF has identified four grant beneficiaries. Marty’s Orchid House, a nonprofit based out of Kentucky, is a specialized day program for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder and overlapping health conditions, allowing low-income parents to maintain employment and give enrolled children access to an array of services all under one roof. Orphans’ Aid Society provides monetary aid to children in foster arrangements in Ukraine. New York-based Start Lighthouse is dedicated to narrowing the literacy gap through a social justice lens. In Costa Rica, the Hogar Montiel Program serves at-risk girls between the ages of 5 and 12, supporting the girls academically and providing for their emotional well-being and development.

Sponsor a Team

Become a sponsor to support children in need and engage your employees in this virtual race around the world. When you become a sponsor, you gain a company team that your employees can join to log their miles, share photos of their race and compare their team’s progress to other companies in the industry. Additionally, sponsors will be named on the race and MREF websites, in a thank you ad in Quirk’s magazine following the race and in PR leading up to and during the race.

To learn more about becoming a company sponsor, please reach out to MREF Administrator Alana Gates at


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