Record Number Pledge to Live Drug-Free

A 5K race organized by the National Police of Ecuador in partnership with the Church of Scientology Freewinds religious retreat at sea sets a Guinness World Record while promoting drug-free living.

To reach youth with the truth about drugs, the National Police of Ecuador in coordination with the Freewinds, the Church of Scientology religious retreat at sea, organized a massive 5K race to promote drug-free living to the youth of the country.

86,630 runners in 24 Ecuador cities signed a pledge to live drug-free. And volunteers handed out copies of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World’s Truth About Drugs booklets to runners and those gathered to cheer the runners along the 5K routes.

180,000 runners in 24 cities participated in the race and signed the drug-free pledge.

In each of Ecuador’s 24 provincial capital cities, runners crossed the starting line wearing T-shirts bearing the slogan of the police campaign “Yo Vivos Sin Drogas, Tu Decides” (I Live Without Drugs, You Decide). The race aims to encourage Ecuadorians, especially young people, to live healthy, drug-free lives and to stand together against drug abuse and trafficking.

Members of Guinness World Records verified the record number of pledge slips signed by the runners.

The Church of Scientology and its members support the Foundation for a Drug-Free World whose Truth About Drugs campaign is one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention initiatives. Thanks to this support, the Foundation provides—free of charge—drug education booklets, videos and educator guides to teachers, mentors and civic and community leaders.

According to the United Nations Office on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, “Every dollar spent on prevention can save governments up to ten dollars in later costs.”

Beginning service as a Church of Scientology religious retreat in 1988, the 440-foot Freewinds motor vessel provides a distraction-free environment for parishioners to experience the highest level of spiritual counseling in the Scientology religion. The ship is known and welcomed throughout the Caribbean and adjacent South American nations for its multifaceted community outreach to help bring about sweeping changes throughout the region.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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