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!

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

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

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.

Virtual Race Recap

Takethefirststep

The 2014 Resolve to End Slavery Virtual 5k race took place from January 1, 2014 to February 1, 2014. Since the World Race for Hope began several years ago, there have always been virtual participants registered for our races, but this was the first year that we focused on expanding the virtual race. Thanks to our sponsors and supported charities, Somaly Mam Foundation, Make a Stand, and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, we nearly doubled the number of virtual participants compared to any previous event. Read more of this post