Come race in solidarity with our participants in the second annual Free to Run Virtual Races! Show your support for the women and girls in our programs in Afghanistan and Iraq by running alongside them virtually this November.
Sign-up for a 5k, half marathon, or marathon race, of your choice. Register your race details by November 20th and run, walk, or hike your race anytime during the month of November. There’s no need to be a runner to participate, we strongly encourage everyone to join in to show their support for the women and girls in our program at this critical moment in history. Whether it’s a family event or weekend warrior run, all are welcome!
When you sign up, we will pair you up with one of our program participants and you’ll receive a personalized video from them so you can race virtually together! The Free to Run participant will take you on a journey through her own community where she runs, sharing facts about her daily life and society. Our Afghan staff and hundreds of women and girls who were in our programs are still scattered across numerous locations, but some will join you to update you on their journeys. Some of these routes will include:
A city park run in Iraq
A hike through the mountains of the Kurdistan region of Iraq
A run with an Afghan participant resettled in Canada
A run with an Afghan participant through a park in a Pakistan
All participants will receive a race certificate and their very own Free to Run buff!
Please note that swag packages will be mailed out following the month of November and shipping costs will only be covered in the United States. International runners joining from outside the U.S. will be asked to make an additional donation to help offset shipping costs.
All participants are required to self-report their finishing time to us at email@example.com by midnight on 11/30/2021. Results will be uploaded to the ulstrasignup.com website and will count as official results. Race results are on the honor system. You do not need to provide support on details; simply fill in the Google Form we send out or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your total accumulative move time (run, walk, or hike) in HH:MM:SS format.
For more information or if you have any questions on how to link your virtual race to Free to Run please contact us on: email@example.com.
Fundraise for Free to Run
We also have swag for runners who would like to use this opportunity to fundraise for Free to Run. Fundraisers who raise $350 by November 30th will receive a Free to Run t-shirt. Fundraisers who raise $500 or more will receive an invitation to a special Zoom call with Free to Run participants! This is a unique, one of a kind opportunity to hear how your support will impact the lives of our female athletes, and to be inspired by their stories.
Sing up to fundraise for us here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/FreetoRun2021VirtualRaces
About Free to Run
Who we are - Free to Run is a non-profit organization that uses adventure sports to support women and girls living in areas of conflict to build their physical, emotional and social well-being; developing them into community leaders so they can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines. In the United States, we are incorporated under Section 402 of the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law and are established as a 501(c)(3) organization under United States federal law, which provides us with tax-exempt status.
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Free to Run works to support women and girls in areas of conflict through adventure sports to build their physical, emotional, and social well being; developing them into community leaders so they can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines. We provide them with the tools to succeed and support them to transfer those successes to their everyday lives.
Finding ways for women and girls to safely and boldly engage in outdoor activity allows them to regain public space and changes views about the roles that women can, and should, play in society.
To find out more about our organization and get involved, please visit us at www.freetorun.org