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About US

Grand Run DC - Grand African Run (organized by Nova Connections, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization) is inspired by the interest and value that is placed upon the success of running sports in Africa. Over the past 60 years, Africa has produced multiple distance runners who have gone on to win major international honors on the global stage. Young and old alike rejoice in the successes of their athletic heroes, and many have embraced and been inspired by these successes. The meaning of running champions from across the great continent cannot be under estimated both in Africa and across the diaspora. Capitalizing on this historically valued and culturally cherished asset, the Grand African Run is poised to serve as a vehicle for celebrating culture, promoting peace, and fostering unity. The Run also serves as a platform to develop and nurture community, and enhance linkages within the African diaspora. 


Mission: To create platforms that connect communities through the transformative power of the running sport.

Vision: To be a globally recognized organization that uses the running sport as a platform to celebrate culture, and to promote healthy living, peace and unity.


Commitments: Commitment to people and partners, social responsibility, the highest standard of excellence, and an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Aligned program: Utilize running events to raise funds for charities committed to African focused causes, while promoting a healthy community.


The organization is initiated, developed, and run by professionals with over a decade of experience in the sport and entertainment management in different countries (USA, Africa, Asia, and Europe). The leadership team also has the research and academic background in higher education in field. 

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