Sesame Street Fun Run starts at UCF

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The Sesame Street Fun Run on UCF’s cam­pus this week­end will cel­e­brate the se­ries’ 50th an­niver­sary this year. But the goal is that the run will live be­yond this week­end.

“We are hope­ful that the Sesame Street Fun Run will turn into an an­nual event for WUCF,” said Phil Hoffman, the TV sta­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “This race brings to­gether the beauty of the UCF cam­pus and the nos­tal­gia of the 50th an­niver­sary of ‘Sesame Street’ with char­ac­ters many peo­ple have grown up watch­ing on pub­lic tele­vi­sion.”

WUCF and Sesame Work­shop joined forces on the run and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pants to dress as “Sesame Street” char­ac­ters. The 5K Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. Sun­day, fol­lowed by the shorter kids races at 9:15 a.m. All par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a Sesame Street Fun Run cape and medal.

Af­ter­ward, par­tic­i­pants can go to UCF’s Mem­ory Hall to meet Elmo and Cookie Mon­ster, take pho­tos and share fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Or­lando Health is spon­sor­ing the event, which ben­e­fits Sesame Work­shop, the non­profit be­hind “Sesame Street,” and WUCF, the PBS sta­tion in Central Florida.

“At these fun runs, we hope to see run­ners of all ages get­ting ac­tive to­gether, en­joy­ing the out­doors and maybe meet­ing a few new friends — that’s what ‘Sesame Street’ is all about,” said Sheila Kelly, Sesame Work­shop’s chief developmen­t of­fi­cer. “They’ll also let our pas­sion­ate com­mu­nity of fans and fam­i­lies sup­port Sesame Work­shop’s wide-rang­ing so­cial im­pact work in a whole new way.”

There are two fun runs so far, one in Or­lando and an­other in Los An­ge­les. Sesame Work­shop hopes to an­nounce more next year.

“Sesame Street” de­buted Nov. 10, 1969, on pub­lic tele­vi­sion. First-run episodes now air on HBO be­fore pub­lic tele­vi­sion.

The “Sesame Street” cel­e­bra­tions take many forms. The Em­pire State Build­ing in New York was lit up yel­low and green on Nov. 10. More than a dozen U.S. cities have de­clared “Sesame Street Day,” and through a so­cial me­dia cam­paign, fans are shar­ing their fa­vorite mem­o­ries with the hash­tag #ThisIsMySt­reet.

SeaWorld Or­lando had a “Sesa

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