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Alum Fundraises For Peace In Ultra Marathon 


Eric Fischer, MA ’10, prepares for a second day of running during four-day ultra marathon in Morocco earlier this year.

Eric Fischer, MA ’10, recently completed a 54-mile ultra marathon in Ifrane, Morocco, raising more than $2,000 for the nonprofit America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA).

Fischer slept in tents near Moroccan towns each night during the four-day race. In Morocco researching the economic impact of U.S. aid there, Fischer spent time getting to know his running companions, enjoyed live musical performances, and swam in rivers along the route.

“It turned out to be the best experience that I have had in Morocco and one of the best experiences in my life,” said Fischer, who is pursuing a doctorate in international economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, while studying Arabic in Rabat, Morocco through a Boren Graduate Fellowship that he received while at USF.

Fischer, an experienced marathon runner, raised money to support  AUA, which seeks to involve American citizens in diplomatic partnerships between the U.S. and Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

“My goal is to combine my background in economics and my Arabic language skills to contribute to better economic relationships between the United States and the Middle East and North Africa,” Fischer said.

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