Thousands run to expand prevention efforts for Salvadoran youth

More than two thousand civic-minded Salvadoran children, youth, and adults, ran Sunday, May 7th in the race “New Runners #YoMeAtrevo (I dare to)”, organized by the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, through its Agency for International Development (USAID). Routes of 3k, 5k and 10k courses departed from the Jorge “El Mágico” González stadium. The mission of the race was to encourage  Salvadorans to help bring about a better future for youth by supporting a new Outreach Center in the country. Outreach Centers currently serve more than 26,000 young people from the most vulnerable communities in El Salvador through activities, workshops, sports, art, music and education. To date, 164 Outreach Centers operate nationally.

Race participants included: U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Jean Elizabeth Manes; Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Larry Sacks; officials from the Salvadoran government; U.S. Embassy officials; ​​entrepreneur and other race enthusiasts.

At the end of the race, Ambassador Manes held the raffle to randomly determine which of the municipalities of the first stage of the El Salvador Seguro Plan would be host of the new Outreach Center. La Unión was announced as the winning municipality.

Participants also enjoyed the talent of the Salvadoran musicians “Shaka and Dres” and Dennis Soriano, who performed the official song of the Friendship in Action Festival entitled “I Believe”. For more information on the “Friendship in Action” initiative, visit