13th Annual World Race for Hope Troy 5k

Our annual New Year’s Day 5k in Troy is back for its 13th year. Like the 2019 edition, the charity run/walk event to kick off National Slavery Prevention and Human Trafficking Awareness Month will start and end on the river levee by the gazebo in Troy. Once again, it’s also a no frills, free 5k, with any donations going towards the fight against human trafficking in the Dayton area. Although registration for the 5k is free, you can still choose buy a commemorative shirt for $15, which comes from Freeset, a company that employs survivors of sex trafficking in Kolkata, India. To get a shirt, you must register by November 30th.

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

Note: if you’re not able to make it to Troy on New Year’s Day, or if you live out of the area, you can still start off the year on the right foot and support the cause by doing the virtual 5k.

 

January 2019 Challenge for Social Justice

Registration for our January 2019 Challenge for Social Justice is now open. To expand upon our annual Virtual 5k race that takes place every January, the goal of this challenge is to create a grassroots movement to raise awareness of human trafficking, in support of Free To Run Foundation’s partner organizations fighting trafficking in locations around the world. How you decide to challenge yourself in January is up to you. If running or walking is something you normally do, you can pick a day to run or walk a 5 km course wherever you are (aka, a virtual 5k), or you can recruit some friends, family and co-workers and do a 5k together. Or, if you practice yoga, get together with some of your friends and offer a yoga class, and dedicate a few minutes of the class to share about human trafficking. Free To Run can provide you with talking points and other helpful resources, and if you’d like to have others in your community join you, we can list your event or activity on our website.

How you challenge yourself in January to raise awareness of social justice is up to you. As an individual or as a group, whatever skills or talents you have, something that you’re passionate about, or something you want to do to challenge yourself or to go outside of your comfort zone, you can do something that you can use to draw attention to and educate others about human trafficking.

To register for our 5k Race for Hope on New Year’s Day in Troy, Ohio, the Virtual 5k Race, or the January Challenge, go to the following website:

http://www.runsignup.com/january2019challenge

 

Ready To Do Something Great?

Although we’ve been quiet here on the blog lately, and sporadic on social media, we have been busy behind the scenes planning our end of year activities leading up to our January 2018 campaign. At the beginning of this month, we opened registration for our 11th annual 5k run/walk in Troy, Ohio, the World Race for Hope Troy. You can register for the event on our RunSignUp page here. Prices go up in mid-October and again in mid-September. We appreciate our long-time sponsors Concrete Sealants and Up and Running for supporting our race again this year. Proceeds from the Troy 5k will go towards anti-trafficking initiatives in the Dayton area, including supporting our local Rescue and Restore Coalition, Abolition Ohio, and Oasis House. A new option for the race this year is getting free registration if you commit to raising $100. Although fundraising is optional for participants, getting those funds above and beyond proceeds from the race help us to have an even bigger impact in the Dayton area.

We realize that getting up early on New Year’s Day to run or walk 3.1 miles does not appeal to everybody. Even if you live in the Dayton area, participating in a 5k in the winter may be out of the question. The Virtual 5k option is our attempt to reach those people outside of the Dayton area, as well as those who want to support the cause, but will do the 5k on their terms. When you sign up for the virtual race, you can help Free To Run spread awareness of human trafficking by sharing your participation with your friends, family and co-workers, and then running or walking a 5k anytime, anywhere during the month of January. If you choose to purchase a shirt, we will mail it to you by end of December if you registered prior to 12/15. Any registrations with a shirt purchase after that will have the shirts mailed in January. Registration for the virtual race is through the same Troy race registration page.

Why is January such an important month for Free To Run Foundation? The first and most obvious reason is that January is recognized as National Slavery Prevention and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Like many other human rights and social justice issues, human trafficking deserves attention throughout the year, and there are other days and events that generate increased focus. January, and New Year’s Day in particular, is a time to start fresh, reset your priorities, and focus on making positive changes in the year ahead. This January, we want to reach more people across the country, perhaps even outside of this country, and challenge them to Do Something Great. Join our campaign to help shine a light on social justice and human rights issues, including human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, education and empowerment for girls around the world, and many other issues (unfortunately there’s no shortage of human rights issues around the world.) Signing up for the Do Something Great Challenge is free, and like the 5k and Virtual Race, fundraising is option. Everybody who signs up will receive a Live A Great Story sticker to encourage sharing our campaign on social media and inspiring others. There will also be fundraising incentives, and we hope to announce a very special incentive later this month. There are two ways to sign up for the challenge: through our Troy/Virtual Race registration page, or join the campaign on Crowdrise. In the coming weeks and months, we will highlight some of our charity partners that will benefit from our campaign, and share some different ways you can raise awareness and make a difference. We will also publish a list of any events planned by our supporters that you can use to accomplish the challenge. Feel free to send suggestions to us!

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

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.

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

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