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!

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.

Shout Out to Our Sponsors

In the days leading up to our New Year’s Day 5k in Troy, we highlighted several of our sponsors (LexisNexis, Concrete Sealants and Up and Running). We would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to highlight the remainder of our sponsors.

Troy First United Methodist Church

In 8 out of the 9 years that the World Race for Hope has been in existence, we have been able to use the First Place Christian Center as the home base. The multi-purpose Great Room is a perfect location for post-race awards, and the two video screens allow for viewing of the live video stream of the start/finish.

Sroufe’s Painting Service

Sroufe’s Painting offers over 10 years of experience to meet all of your commercial and residential painting needs.

Holly Lynn Photography

Holly has been shooting weddings and portrait sessions in the Dayton area since 2012. She was our race photographer for our 2015 race, and has photographed other events for charitable causes.

Take 2 Productions

Take 2 provides video services for local sports teams, and also does weddings, photo restoration and DVD transfers. They provided the live stream of our start and finish line at our 2016 race.

Ghostlight Coffee

Ghostlight is located in the historic South Park district on Wayne Ave. in Dayton. In addition to being a neighborhood coffee house, they are a venue for music, poetry and spoken word, and they also provide space for local artists to display their works.

If you know of a business interested in sponsoring our 2017 race in Troy, or the upcoming race in Columbus, you can email us at wr4h(at)troyfumc.org.

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