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Teaming up for humanitarian work

Destination Races and the Wine Country Half Marathon Series, has expanded its footprint around the globe through an innovative partnership with Climbers for Peace and Bob Guglielmino of Humanitarian Adventure Treks.

The Sonoma-based company’s popular running series currently consists of seven events held in iconic wine regions in both the United States and Canada. Since its inception in 2004, Destination Races has delivered world-class wine and culinary-themed running events responsible for raising over $17 million for various nonprofit organizations in North America.

In the past year, nearly 3,000 moisture-wicking lightweight shirts have been donated to Humanitarian Adventure Treks, who in turn distributes them on philanthropic adventures to global organizations. These colorful race shirts are imprinted with the race posters and event logos from artists such as Jean-Pierre Got of Bordeaux, France and Patti Britton of Sonoma.

Victims of the Philippines hurricane received 500 shirts, while Rahksha Nepal (Protection Nepal), a program benefiting children born into brothels, received 200 shirts. Luda Melnik (Children's Alpinist Federation) of the Ukraine received over 400 shirts for a women’s center in the city of Cherkassy.

New shirts were also distributed to a Ghana children’s art program, two children’s projects in Brazil, orphan homes in Costa Rica, a Rwanda rebuilding program and Becoming Independent, an advocacy group for the developmentally disabled.

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