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:



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

World Race for Hope Troy 5k, New Year’s Day 2016 & January Virtual Race

The 9th annual World Race for Hope 5k will take place in Troy, Ohio on Friday, January 1, 2016. Proceeds from the event will go towards raising awareness and fighting human trafficking in the Miami Valley.  Charity partners for the event include BE FREE Dayton, Abolition Ohio and Oasis House.

Thanks to our sponsor, Up and Running, when you register you will be eligible for prizes during the first few months of registration. The September prize is a pair of shoes from Up and Running. Those registering for the Troy 5k (virtual race excluded) between 8/31 and 9/30 will be entered into the drawing.

In addition to the 5k in Troy, participants can run a Virtual 5k any time during the month of January (National Slavery Prevention and Human Trafficking Awareness Month). Register by 11/30 to receive a shirt by January.

Register for either the 5k or the Virtual Race here: https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/Troy/WorldRaceforHopeTroy



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Join the Movement to End It

Friday, February 27 is Shine a Light on Slavery Day, which is part of the campaign by End It Movement to raise awareness of modern slavery around the world. Those who wish to join the movement are encouraged to mark a Red X on their hands, post a picture on their social networks, and tell people why they are joining the movement.


Free To Run Foundation is encouraging its supporters to join this movement. When posting your picture, in addition to using the hash tag #enditmovement, also tag #free2run and our applicable social media profile on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

To show our support for Shine a Light on Slavery Day, we are offering a discount code for our 4th Annual World Race for Hope 5k Columbus. By using the code ENDITCBUS, you can save $5 off any of the registration categories (Adult, Child/Student, Virtual). The code is good through March 1st. To register, go to the registration page.

Virtual Race to End Slavery – January 2015

On January 1st, 2015, we held our 8th annual World Race for Hope 5k in Troy, Ohio. It was another astounding success, as we engaged 200 participants, dozens of volunteers and more members of the community who came to the pancake breakfast afterwards.

Like always, we have a virtual race option for our New Year’s Day race for those who want to support the cause, but are unable to attend the event in person. In 2014, we extended the virtual race to take place throughout the month of January, which is National Slavery Prevention and Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the United States (read the Presidential Proclamation). We are continuing this effort in 2015.

By registering as a virtual participant, you can support the cause of ending slavering, and the race provides a vehicle for you to raise awareness with others. You will receive a race shirt if you choose the Virtual Race option to include a shirt.

Virtual Race Registration

Proceeds from our virtual race support one of our International charity partners, Daughters Rising.

dr-logoIf you are interested in hosting a satellite race, contact us at wr4h(at)troyfumc.org.

Freedom Day Virtual 5k – 2/1/2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014 is the last day of our month-long virtual 5k race to end slavery, to support Somaly Mam FoundationMake A Stand Lemon-Aid Foundation and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Proceeds from the event, as well as your fundraising, will benefit the three organizations, while providing much needed hope for survivors.

You can run or walk wherever you are, whenever you want, on February 1st. Afterwards, if you choose, you can record your results so you can be listed with other participants on our results page. You will find the link as well as other details here: http://www.freetorunfoundation.org/virtualrace.

The fee to participate in the virtual 5k is $25. Register at http://www.crowdrise.com/virtualrace.