The race begins October 15th.

Run. Walk. Fundraise. And Change a Life.

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered the schools of International Samaritan’s scholarship students in five developing nations.  These students are now required to keep up with their studies on-line from their homes, where many of them don’t have the technology they need to remain in school on-line.  

We are running–and raising money–to equip 465 of International Samaritan’s scholarship students with the tablets they need to succeed in their studies.


How the Race Works.

Run or walk on your own, or organize or join a team of others, to help raise $140,000 needed for tablets for 465 students in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica and Nicaragua. 

We are asking everyone who takes part as an individual to commit to raising $300, or the cost of one tablet, in addition to their registration fee of $20.

We are asking every team to commit to raising $1,500, or the cost of five tablets, in addition to their registration fee of $20.  Participants on a team can set their own fundraising goals at any amount, as long as the team together is committed to raising at least $1,500.  There is no limit to how many people can be on a team.

This is a virtual race. You can run or walk your 5K anywhere in the world between October 15 and November 1.


Organizing a Team.

Schools, churches, businesses and families are invited to compete in teams of 5 or more people, with each team committing to collectively raise $1,500 to cover the cost of five tablets.  Good-hearted team rivalries and interesting team challenges are encouraged and will be celebrated through social media.  

Looking to see how much your team has fundraised? See your current amount and ranking on our team donation page.


Race Swag.

To encourage registration, the first 300 registrants will receive a FREE International Samaritan “Stop… and Change a Life” T-Shirt.  Those who successfully fundraise the full $300 for a tablet will also receive a special “Run… and Change a Life” race day T-Shirt.  You can preview our swag on our race website.  These are our thanks to you for your dedication and celebrate your success! 

When is the IntSam Global 5K?

You can run (or walk!) your 5k any time between October 15 and November 1, 2020.

Why He Walks

By Mike Tenbusch | September 24, 2020

Last week I shared a reflection on life from one of our scholars to give you inspiration for why we are running the IntSamGlobal5k.  You may have been thinking, “That’s great for them, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to run that.”

If that’s you, Fr. Frank Canfield, SJ, has some encouragement for you.  A revered spiritual mentor to thousands of young men at U of D Jesuit, St. John’s Jesuit and St. Ignatius, he’s traveled to Nicaragua with us in the past, and now he’s walking a mile to raise money for tablets for 20 students.  Here’s why:

Last week a team of Cubs from U of D Jesuit High School in Detroit have begun to support his cause after receiving this pep talk from Fr. Canfield on Facebook:

After I finished filming Father in that video he said to me, “Michael, tell them that if they are in their 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, there will be pain.  Let them know that I’m here for them to know, ‘You will make it through.’”

Across the world and here in the U.S., we are in the midst of painful, tumultuous times.  But we will make it through—together.  

Help us come together by supporting Fr. Canfield’s team, a team of scholars from one of our nations, or one of the many teams from Regis Jesuit in Denver.  You can also sign up to walk, run, join a team or start your own team by visiting our race page at (or support Fr. Frank’s team directly by following this link).

You can change the life of a student struggling to stay in school from home by walking a mile and helping her get a tablet to succeed.

A Race for Karen and You

By Mike Tenbusch | August 26, 2020 Ever since the pandemic hit in March, our board has committed to ensuring that no family in any one of the nine communities in which we work in five nations will go hungry.  The International Samaritan community worldwide has helped...

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International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.

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