Fighting Trafficking in the Dayton Area

On the eve before our 9th annual 5k in Troy, we take a look at two Dayton-area organizations who benefit from our race. The first organization is Oasis House. This nonprofit was founded in 2004 through Higher Ground United Methodist Church as an outreach ministry for the adult entertainment club workers on the Dixie strip in Dayton. The services provided by Oasis House have grown over the years to include, in addition to the weekly outreach, counseling, GED tutoring, computer training, and the YES mentoring program, which provides healing, restoration and deliverance for women using a faith-based approach. In an effort to address the lack of safe, long-term shelter beds, Oasis opened their first residential housing facility in Dayton, with plans to open more.

The other charity partner for the World Race for Hope Troy is Abolition Ohio. AO is the Miami Valley’s Rescue & Restore Coalition, comprising over 60 partner agencies and organizations in Montgomery, Clark, Greene, Preble, Darke, and Miami Counties. The purpose of coalitions is to keep all interested parties involved, coordinated and aware of the various anti-trafficking initiatives occurring in the service area. Abolition Ohio maintains a victim services matrix (to assist service providers and law enforcement personnel working with victims of sex and labor trafficking in the Miami Valley), offers a speakers bureau and provides resources to help local organizations and agencies fight human trafficking.

Free To Run is proud to partner with these two organizations in the fight against trafficking in the Greater Dayton region.

Virtual Race to End Slavery – January 2016

For the past several years we have offered a virtual option for all of our races to allow people to participate wherever they are located. One year, the virtual race was mentioned in a national magazine, and for that race the top fundraiser won a video chat with AnnaLynne McCord, herself an advocate for survivors of human trafficking. This past year, Liz Miele, a comedian featured in the Runner’s World feature, I’m a Runner, ran our virtual race for our Columbus race in March. Read more of this post

Sponsor Spotlight – LexisNexis

Day 5 of our 12 Days of Freedom, and today we feature our sponsor LexisNexis. No, it’s not the car/hair care company. LexisNexis is a global provider of information and workflow solutions to a number of industries in the public and private sectors. Currently a division of RELX Group, LEXIS originally started as the first online full-text legal research program in 1970. In 1980, the NEXIS news service was launched, leading to a re-branding of the then Mead Data Central to LEXIS-NEXIS. The company was headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, and although the corporate headquarters are no longer there, it is still the largest single site for a RELX location. See the Wikipedia entry for LexisNexis for more on the history of the company. Read more of this post

An Interview with Juli Accurso

This is day 4 of our 12 Days of Freedom series, and today we are sharing a short video about our ambassador, Juli Accurso. Juli became a Free To Run goodwill ambassador on January 1, 2015, and she is looking forward to another year of raising awareness in the running community about human trafficking.

Sponsor Spotlight – Concrete Sealants

On the third day of our 12 Days of Freedom posts, we recognize and thank another one of our longtime sponsors, Concrete Sealants. The Tipp City based company, founded in 1970, offers dozens of products and applications to meet the needs of their concrete sealant customers around the world. They have played a part in many noteworthy construction projects around the world, from the I-75 Modernization Project, to a project a O’Hare Airport, to a wastewater treatment project in Egypt. Conseal is ISO 9001 certified, and they are investing for the future by focusing on sustainability. Read more of this post

Sponsor Spotlight – Up and Running

On the second day of our 12 Days of Freedom series of blog posts, we are featuring one of our New Year’s Day race sponsors, Up and Running. The locally-owned running store celebrated 10 years for their Dayton store, and recently marked 4 years at its Troy location on 12 S. Market St in the downtown shopping district. And to top it off, they were voted as one of the top 50 running stores in the country for 2015, an achievement earned by only 3 stores in Ohio. Read more of this post

Kicking Off 12 Days of Freedom

The 25th of December is the first day of the 12 days of Christmas, the start of which coincides with the birth of Jesus Christ, and ends with the arrival of the Three Kings (Epiphany). As we approach the start of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and our annual World Race for Hope Troy 5k, we will be posting each day through January 6 about some aspect of our programs. There will be spotlight articles about our race sponsors and charity partners, plus we will preview some of our other events planned for 2016.

Today, the focus is on our upcoming 5k in our hometown of Troy, Ohio. It will be the 9th annual race on New Year’s Day, featuring the normal course starting in downtown Troy and going out and back on the bike path by the river. Online registration is available through December 31 at https://runsignup.com/worldraceforhopetroy. You can also register in person at our optional early packet pickup at Up and Running in Troy (12. S. Market St.) from 2-4 pm, or the morning of race at First Place Christian Center (16 W. Franklin St.) starting at 8:30 am. Like last year, the Troy FUMC Youth Group is offering a freewill offering pancake breakfast at First Place after the race, with donations going towards their missions. Overall male and female winners and age group awards will start at approximately 11:15.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Free To Run Foundation thanks everybody for their support this past year, and we look forward to continuing to educate and raise awareness in our respective communities in the coming year. We wish you peace and joy in this holiday season.