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MREF’s Race Around the World for Education is the MR Industry’s Largest-Ever Fundraiser

More than 1,100 participants and 35 sponsors raised $100,000+ and logged more than 75,000 miles.

Saint Paul, MN – It’s official –MREF’s inaugural Race Around the World ended on June 30 and exceeded both our fundraising and participation goals. During the 30 days of June, 41 teams of committed runners, bikers and walkers logged 75,000+ miles, shared 300+ photos, and encouraged and supported each other all in the name of community and education.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and participants, MREF shared that it will gift $92,000 to UNICEF to support their work in education worldwide. UNICEF works in 147 countries around the world to provide learning opportunities that prepare children and adolescents with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and believes that all children have the right to go to school and learn. On average, just one additional year of education can increase a child’s earnings later in life by 10%. For that reason alone, supporting education is one of the most meaningful ways to donate to children.

Education is also instrumental to empowering girls. According to UNICEF, girls who receive an education are less likely to marry young and more likely to lead healthy, productive lives. They earn higher incomes, participate in the decisions that most affect them, and build better futures for themselves and their families.

Steve Schlesinger, chair of the board of MREF, thanked all the sponsors and participants who came together to make the race such a success. “While we knew the MR industry could make this event a success, we are overwhelmed by the success of its reach and impact. Now we hope to make this an annual event that continues to bring our industry together for good.”

To learn more about UNICEF’s lifesaving work and support children’s education, please visit

We are grateful to our generous race sponsors


Benenson Strategy Group, PureSpectrum, Schlesinger Group, MARC Research, Ipsos, Vital Findings


Quirk’s, Delvinia, Seek Co., Focus Room / Fuel, Focus Forward, Shapiro & Raj, iResearch


MarketVision Research, Prodege, fieldwork, Ironwood Insights, L&E Research, Phoenix, Research Defender, Gongos, Fine, Zappi, QualSights, Verve, Innovate MR, Recollective, InfoTools, Big SofaTechnologies


Rare Patient Voice, Clear Seas Research, Horowitz


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