More than 1150 runners participated in the Samsung Irena Run in Warsaw on Saturday, an event which also formally announced Polish legend Irena Szewinska’s induction into the IAAF Hall of Fame.
"I feel honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame," said Szewinska, an IAAF Council Member and Patron of the Samsung Irena Run. "Being in the exclusive group of 24 people is a huge distinction, also for Poland that I have represented for my whole career."
Mokotów Field in Warsaw was crowded with thousands of people who came to run for themselves and for the others in line with the motto of the event. The main purpose was to support the SOS Children’s Villages Association and to make kids’ dreams of going on holidays come true. All the money collected will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages to finance the summer holidays.
"I am really proud that Samsung Irena Run was organized for the third time and that so many people came to the Mokotów Field. The noble goal we planned was achieved again this year. All profits will be donated to finance the holiday trips of the kids under the care of SOS Children’s Villages."
The even was also a perfect opportunity to share the news about Szewinska’s induction. She is the only Pole to be inducted into the exclusive IAAF Hall of Fame group who initial membership is just 24 athletes from around the world. The winner of seven Olympic medals in the sprints and Long Jump, including three gold, and a multiple World record breaker, Szewinska proved that she was a prominent athlete and deserves this prestigious distinction.