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.


While our 9th annual Troy 5k takes place on New Year’s Day, the option to do the virtual race lasts the entire month of January, which is also National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the U.S. As a virtual participant, you choose when to run or walk the 5k, either on New Year’s Day or anytime during the month. You also decide where to do it, inside on a treadmill or track if you’re experiencing brutal winter weather, or outside. You can even invite some friends to join you for the virtual race, and become an informal “satellite” location.

There are a couple of ways you can do the virtual 5k race and help Free To Run raise awareness of human trafficking. The first way is just to go out and run (or walk) in January, share this post on social media, post a picture, add hash tags (see below) and start a conversation about modern day slavery. The second way is to officially register as a virtual participant ($10 donation that will be used to fight human trafficking), select whether or not you want a shirt (additional $15, organic cotton, fair trade shirt from Freeset), and then do all of the social media sharing. You can register online anytime between now and January 31st. The link below will take you to the registration site — we have one site for the Troy race and the Virtual Race, so select the Virtual Race in the event section. Whichever option you choose, you can use your running to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. Take the first step to becoming a modern day abolitionist in January.

Online Registration:

Social Media Hash Tags:



Tag or Mention Free To Run Foundation in your photos:

Take the First Step

About Brett
World Race for Hope Director. Abolitionist. Co-founder of Team G(race) and Free To Run Foundation.

One Response to Virtual Race to End Slavery – January 2016

  1. Pingback: A Month of Awareness, Advocacy & Action | Free To Run Foundation

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