Sesame Street Fun Run starts at UCF
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