UNCHAINED Fashion Show Casting Call – December 14, 2016

We are bringing UNCHAINED back to Troy for a fashion show that will be part of a social justice awareness event on January 28, 2017. Since the last fashion show in Troy in September 2015, UNCHAINED has a new collection, and will need up to 30 females to participate in this show. No modeling experience necessary, just a passion for social justice.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 p.m.

Where: First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St, Troy, OH 45373 (enter through Franklin St. entrance)

What: An open casting call to be a model in an UNCHAINED fashion show on January 28 in Troy. If possible, bring high heels to the casting call.

Who: Females of all ages, but given the sensitive topic of human trafficking, a suggested minimum age of 10 or above.

Why: To raise awareness of human trafficking, to join a movement, and to make a difference.

If you have questions, feel free to email UNCHAINED at unchainedfashionshow@gmail.com.

One of the models at the September 2015 show

One of the models at the September 2015 show

World Race for Hope Troy 5k & Virtual Race – 1/1/2017

Registration is open for the 10th annual 5k charity run/walk in Troy, Ohio on New Year’s Day. Start off the year on the right foot by running or walking for a purpose, to raise awareness for the 2nd largest criminal industry globally, human trafficking. Proceeds from the event support Free To Run’s programs and our Dayton-area charity partners, Abolition Ohio and Oasis House. Register by 11/30 to be guaranteed a fair trade shirt.

https://runsignup.com/worldraceforhopetroy

If you live outside of the Dayton area, you can still support the cause by participating in our virtual race. You can run or walk 5 km anytime and anywhere you want between January 1st and February 1st. Registration for the virtual race is free, but you can choose to get a shirt by mail for $15. The virtual race is intended to spread awareness so when you participate, share on social media, with or without a picture, using the hashtag #virtualrace2endslavery.

Freedom Day Virtual Run

Our annual January Virtual Race is coming to a close at the end of February 1st. We extended the race one day into February in order to recognize Freedom Day, which honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the resolution on February 1, 1865 that would ultimately become the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Between now and the end of the day on February 1st, you can walk, run, hop, skip or crawl any distance in our virtual race to raise awareness of human trafficking. Share what you’re doing on social media, talk about Freedom Day, and the fact that there are an estimated 36 million people in slavery in the world today, more than any time in history. Use hash tag #FreedomDayVirtualRun and tag Free To Run Foundation on your posts:

Twitter – @freetorunfdn

Instagram – free2runfdn

Facebook – FreeToRunFdn

You can choose to turn awareness into action by officially registering for our Virtual Race for a $10 donation. For $25, you will get an official Free To Run Virtual Race shirt mailed to you.  Register here: https://runsignup.com/virtualrace2endslavery.

Take the first step in becoming a modern day abolitionist by participating in our Virtual Race To End Slavery.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce

2016 Freedom Film Series

Today we are pleased to announce a new awareness initiative launching this month, our 2016 Freedom Film Series. Throughout the year, we will offer free, open to the public screenings of a variety of movies and documentaries, on global social justice topics ranging from human trafficking to gender equality. The screenings will be held at Mayflower Arts Center in downtown Troy. Tickets will be available at the Mayflower, or online:

Sunday, January 31, 4:00 pm – Not My Life

Sunday, February 21, 3:00 pm – Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Saturday, August 20, 8:00 pm – Sold the movie + Candlelight Vigil

The film series is made possible in part through a grant from the Miami County Foundation.

World Race for Hope Columbus 5k+ – April 9, 2016

Results: https://runsignup.com/race/results/?raceId=15936#resultSetId-32472

Pictures: https://www.facebook.com/FreeToRunFdn/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1059382600772138

Finish Line Video: https://youtu.be/-BTvujpl79Y

Our 2017 race will be announced on Columbus Marathon weekend.

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Join us at Scioto Audubon Park near downtown Columbus for our 5th annual World Race for Hope Columbus. Our 5th annual race will be a 5k+, actually 4.1 miles instead of 3.1. There is also a free, untimed 1 mile walk option.

When: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10:00 am

Where: Scioto Audubon Park, Columbus, Ohio

How:

Online Registration: https://runsignup.com/worldraceforhopecbus

Cost: $25 for adults, $20 for 18 and under (prices increase by $5 after 3/6)

Register by 3/6 to be guaranteed a race shirt.

You can also create an online fundraising page to help raise funds to support our charity partners and the fight against human trafficking in Central Ohio.

Why: To make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.

The race supports Free To Run’s awareness and advocacy initiatives, as well as the following Columbus-area charity and social enterprise partners:

  • Freedom a la Cart
  • Gracehaven
  • UNCHAINED
  • OneVOICE4freedom
  • Out of Darkness Columbus
  • We Are Cherished Ohio
  • Legacy Candle
  • She Has A Name Cleaning

In 2016, go the extra mile to fight trafficking!

Packet Pick Up & Race Day Schedule

Friday, April 8, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Optional Early Packet Pick Up at Columbus Running, 765 N. High St.

Saturday, April 9 – Scioto Audubon

8:30 am – Check-in & Same Day Registration Starts

9:55 am – Pre-race Announcements

10:00 am – Race start

Sponsors

Ohio Christian University

Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities.

New Year’s Day Recap

Our annual New Year’s Day 5k, the World Race for Hope Troy, took place at First Place Christian Center in downtown Troy this morning. While we weren’t fortunate enough to have the above normal temperatures that persisted throughout December, it wasn’t as cold as it has been in the past, and we were really thankful that the flood waters of the Great Miami River receded enough for our course to be clear. There were some highlights and features that have occurred in recent years, such as the cookie medals as age group awards, the pancake breakfast by the Troy FUMC youth, and a repeat (or perhaps a six-peat) for our overall winner. There was also a new aspect of the race, a live stream of the start and finish on YouTube (the video is long but you can jump ahead to find a specific finish according the clock.)  Thank you Take 2 Productions for arranging the video stream! Read more of this post

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