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LET’S GO HAITI (LGH) MARATHON is the company behind the Port-au-Prince Marathon and Half. The annual race takes place on a Sunday, two weeks after the country’s carnival. It is a movement designed to encourage the healthy lifestyle in Haiti, give the youth a different option other than soccer, make running popular in Haiti and last but not least: keep people coming back to visit and enjoy the beautiful Island through running.
LGH MARATHON particularly looks to empower the women and young girls of Haiti because often times, they are the ones to be left behind and kept from getting educated. We want to help the women and girls of Haiti get back control over their lives through sports, education, economic opportunities and more. We strongly believe that a big part of Haiti’s future lies in the hands of the youth and the participation of the women. As the saying goes, an empowered woman or girl is a true benefit to all around her.
LET’S GO HAITI MARATHON was formed with the less fortunate youth in mind because the majority of Haiti’s youth fall under that category. We want them to feel a sense of pride and importance. Athletics is the way out for many of those kids who are roaming the city streets in Haiti. By investing in them, educating them, respecting them and showing them to work hard and excel on the track, they can have better lives than that into which they were born.
LGH Marathon is looking to do more than just a race. Our ultimate goal is to recruit the top performers from our races and develop local track and field and long distance racing talents to showcase their skills around the world and eventually replace some of the all-time worst times on the Olympics set by previous Haitian athletes in the early 70s and 80s; many of which still stand today. LET’S GO HAITI MARATHON is looking to contribute to the arrival of Haiti’s next wave of athletics champions. Haiti deserves winning models. LGH MARATHON will strive to foster track and field in the majority of the school curriculums in Haiti.
To do this, we need your help. This is a fight against global poverty. We welcome the world, from seasoned marathoners to first timers and walkers to come join us in Haiti. Together, we can introduce the healthy lifestyle to Haiti’s youth and expand human welfare.
Board of Advisors
Our Board is comprised of a diverse group of professionals with a passion for Haiti, the youth and promoting health to all through sport. Board members have a variety of business experience, and devote many hours a month to serving the organization.
Why Not Haiti?
We are so excited that you are here. This means that you are considering giving Haiti a chance. Haiti is starving for collaboration with the rest of the world. Being three and a half hours from the United States, Haiti has the potential to be like any other modern place in the world. It is amazing how much of Haiti’s resources that have yet to be put in good use for the people. To do Haiti real justice, would be to tap into all the areas that require modernization without destroying the culture and the traditions that make Haiti unique.
There are marathons in many parts of the world, but yet people’s first reaction to the LGHMarathon and Half Marathon in Haiti is always shock or disbelief. Let’s treat Haiti as part of the 21st. century. In other words, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. We all have to do our part in keeping the spotlight on countries like Haiti (around the world) that have suffered from natural and man made disasters.
Haiti doesn’t need to continue to suffer and labeled. Before every sentence when describing Haiti, is the phrase “The Poorest Country In The Western Hemisphere”. Those words have to be scraped off Haiti’s back. Those words are keeping Haiti boxed in, curled in a corner and deprived. Haiti is good. Haiti is worth a lot. Let’s Go Haiti Marathon wants people to believe that. That is why we are in Haiti bringing this spectacular annual event to the people. We want to inspire and empower the Haitian people. We, LGH Marathon want to change Haiti’s image. We want the world to know that Haiti is a safe place to visit.
Don’t ask us “How is Haiti?”. Go visit it. You will not regret it. 🙂