Since 2015, IRIS has held an event each year to celebrate the United Nation's International Day of Peace. Previously known as the International Peace Walk, check out what's new for the 2020 Peace Day 5K and International Festival!

Register for the Peace Day 5K now!

In 1981, the United Nations declared September 21 the International Day of Peace in an effort to "commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” Each year, IRIS highlights the International Day of Peace and celebrates our work of promoting peace through our programs around the world. In 2020, Our Peace Day 5K and International Festival will be going virtual!
Join us on our Facebook page on September 20 and September 21 for our virtual International Festival! We will be highlighting different organizations in the Central Iowa Region who are also supporting the mission of peace!

In observance of social distancing, this year's Peace Day 5K will be virtual!

Register for the 5K event at the link above. NEW! This year, you can sponsor an IRIS Alumni who will complete the 5K run/walk for you, and you both get a t-shirt!

If you're interested in more information about our event or to learn more about donating, volunteering, or hosting a YES student through IRIS, feel free to contact us!

Join us on September 20th-21st on our Facebook page for videos from alumni, host families, and local organizations who are supporting the mission of peace!

Our 2019 Peace Day 5K was featured on WHOtv Channel 13!

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Who does this event benefit?

The money raised from this event will benefit IRIS's Global Grants and Scholarships program. This program offers IRIS alumni from all over the world the opportunity to continue their education and help their home communities grow. Many alumni apply for our scholarships and grants each year, but we are only able to fund about one third of the requests. In order to help more students and citizens achieve their goals for a more peaceful world, we need your help!

Thanks to our 2020 event sponsors!

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Sponsorship for the 2020 event is closed, however you can still make a donation!

Donate Here!

World Traveller

World Traveller -$250

Donating at the “Friend” level, you will be acknowledged with your name on race T-shirts given to all registrants and on signage at the event. Your name will be displayed on the event website, and you will be acknowledged on the event Facebook page.

Peacemaker

Peacemaker -$500

Donating at the “Peacemaker” level, you will be acknowledged with your name and logo on race T-shirts given to all registrants and signage at the event Your name and logo will be displayed on the event website, and you will be acknowledged on the event Facebook page.

Global Ambassador

Global Ambassador -$1,000+

Donating at the “Global Ambassador” level, you will be acknowledged with your name and logo at the top of the race T-shirts, event banners, and signage. Your name and logo will be displayed on the event website, and you will be acknowledged on the event Facebook page.