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Ericka Kriedel's Fundraiser:

Ericka's Tri for Free to Run

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BENEFITING: Free To Run Inc.

EVENT DATE: Jul 10, 2016

Ericka Kriedel

THE STORY:

Ericka Kriedel wrote -

For all the girls out there who aren't given the chance to participate in sports, I'm tackling my first triathlon in support of FREE TO RUN.

When I was in 8th grade, I competed in a cross-country race. I remember being cheered for by my brother’s friends on the high school XC team. When the high school coach learned I was from his town, he hurried over to my mom; excited to recruit me for the following fall. Unfortunately, my mom told the coach, I was a swimmer, and I would be joining the high school swim team instead. The next week in gym class, my teacher handed me an envelope curried over from the high school. It was a flyer for a youth triathlon. And while I didn’t signed up for the tri, I was intrigued. I was also lucky. I didn’t realize it at the time, but how lucky was I to live in a community where not only were there track meets and athletic competitions for me to sign up for, I was actually encouraged to participate.

I met Zahra through Free to Run. When Zahra was young, she also competed in a running race, but unlike my experience, she was NOT encouraged to participate. Growing up in Afghanistan, she was told girls should not run or play sports. Despite all the norms telling her not to compete, she entered a local race because the prize for the top 10 finishers was a bicycle. Zahra wanted that bicycle so bad, she started training- half a kilometer a day! And even though she ran barefoot and in jeans, she came in 6th and was award a glorious orange bicycle. She was so proud she won that bike, she still is... even though she has never gotten to ride it! That's right. Regardless of her accomplishment, she was forbidden from using the bicycle, simply because she was a girl.

Fifteen years after I was encouraged to sign up, I’m finally competing in my first triathlon. And in doing so, I am using it as a fundraiser and awareness campaign for an amazing NGO called Free to Run. Free to Run helps girls in conflict zones, like Afghanistan, use the power of sports and fitness to inspire confidence, teach discipline, and provide girls with the opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun. This July, as I attempt to Swim, Bike, and Run a half-ironman, our girls in Afghanistan will be participating in a sports week. Your donation to my fundraiser will help provide the girls with sports equipment, apparel, and a chance to be free (to run).

THANKS! Check out www.freetorun.org for more information.

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$1,582

MONEY RAISED
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  • Lisa and Jim Kriedel

    $56

  • Dylan Korn

    $50

  • Kalun

    $13.10

  • Lisa

    $30

  • Becky Sanbower

    $50

  • Andrew

    $56

  • Billy

    $100

  • W. Blount

    $50

  • Sandra Shea

    $25

  • Andrew Khor

    $250

  • Jim Perault

    $100

  • Melissa

    $94.10

  • Stephanie Cosentino

    $50

  • Jim and Peggy

    $100

  • Drake

    $25

  • Jenni

    $30

  • Amber

    $20

  • Steven Delianites

    $20

  • Kick ass in your Tri. I cannot wait to hear how you killed it. KW

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Connie

    $10

  • Tracie

    $25

  • Sasha Lansky

     

  • Marcelle

    $25

  • Terri Hage

    $10

  • Jay

    $100

  • Your loving sister

    $25

  • Shannon Daly

    $25

  • Renata

    $50

  • Sylvia Chi

    $25

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105% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Donor Comments

Sylvia Chi

Sylvia Chi

DONATION: $25

Way to go! 1 year ago

Renata

Renata

DONATION: $50

Go girl go! 1 year ago

Shannon Daly

Shannon Daly

DONATION: $25

You rock !! 1 year ago

Your loving sister

Your loving sister

DONATION: $25

I'm so proud of you. Thank you for being such an amazing person and a positive role model for my kids!! Love you to pieces!! 1 year ago

Jay

Jay

DONATION: $100

ð 1 year ago

Terri Hage

Terri Hage

DONATION: $10

1 year ago

Marcelle

Marcelle

DONATION: $25

Go Ericka! 1 year ago

Sasha Lansky

Sasha Lansky

1 year ago

Tracie

Tracie

DONATION: $25

1 year ago

Connie

Connie

DONATION: $10

For awkward teenage girls with great fashion sense - and kickarse triathletes everywhere! xxx 1 year ago