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FREE TO RUN: TCS New York City Marathon 2016

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BENEFITING: Free To Run Inc.

ORGANIZER: Free To Run Inc.

EVENT: 2016 TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON

EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016

Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth

THE STORY:

Dear friends. 

Last year I tried to sign up for the Iran Marathon, and I was told I was not welcome because I am a woman. Coming from Norway, I am not used to direct discrimination like this. It hurts! It sucks. But in many countries, like Iran and Afghanistan, this is the every day reality for girls and women. Let´s change it.

To be able to play, use your body, to be FREE TO RUN and to feel that you are strong is such an important part of being human. To be able to use your body is such an empowering feeling. My goal, and the goal of FREE TO RUN, is that every girl and woman should be able to run, to play, to be strong, if they want to. 

This is why I´m super excited to be running the 2016 NYC Marathon with Free to Run, an  organization that empowers young women in conflict zones through athletics. I love to run, and it makes me happy. Research shows it makes other people happy too, and healthier. Free to run works to give more girls and women around the globe the choice to run and play. More women running is a step to a better world. Let´s make it happen. 

Our main work is in Afghanistan, one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman. Human rights organizations have reported a regression in women’s rights over the last few years. Afghanistan is currently undergoing a military and political transition, and its future stability is far from clear. It is a critical time to support women and girls in Afghanistan and to provide them with opportunities for empowerment and hope. 

Free to Run launched its programs in Afghanistan in September 2014, thanks to the financial support fromRacingThePlanet, and friends in the running community. The first Free to Run office was established in Central Highlands Region in January 2015. We are now operating in three provinces of Afghanistan. We provide regular sports activities for students at the high school and university level, including hiking, running and skiing, and have activity teachers at several refuge centers. 

Please consider donating to Free to Run, an organization that believes in the power of sports to transform the lives of women and girls. Here's some more information about the organization:

We believe everyone should be FREE TO RUN!

The ability to participate in physical fitness and enjoy outdoor adventure is a human right and fundamental freedom. Free to Run is an NGO that uses running, fitness, and adventure to empower and educate women and girls from conflict-affected communities where repressive gender roles have prevented girls from playing sports, exercising, or sometimes even leaving their homes.

 

This November, Free to Run’s first crew of volunteers are running the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon and raising funds for our programs in Afghanistan and Hong Kong. As athletes, we have  all witnessed the power that sports has to inspire confidence, teach us discipline, and provide us with the opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun. We believe every girl should grow up benefitting from these opportunities.

A donation to Free to Run will help provide athletic equipment and programs to refugee communities in Hong Kong and after school curriculums in Afghanistan.

Please visit www.freetorun.org to learn more about us.

$3,746

MONEY RAISED
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  • Andrew Bauer

    $42

  • Bestemor

     

  • Grete Strøm

    $25

  • Rafael Mathus Ruiz

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • SK

    $50

  • Poppy

    $45

  • Robert Arnow

    $50

  • PIER

    $50

  • Michelle Tay

    $42.20

  • Michael Wolraich

    $25

  • Mari Falck

    $30

  • Tonje

    $55

  • Jeff Roberts

    $42

  • Mamma

    $180

  • Kjetil Lyche

    $30

  • Mari Johansen

    $25

  • Fjellboms

    $100

  • Karin

     

  • Martine

    $42

  • Redondo

    $60

  • Ingrid Moe

    $42

  • Hege Ulstein

    $50

  • Eirik Løkke

    $42

  • Marte Heian-Engdal

    $51

  • Annette Madsen

    $42

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Ola

    $42

  • Liv

    $42

  • Abigail Marcus

    $50

  • Michael A

     

  • Stephen Gray

    $25

  • Mary

    $100

  • Flora Charner

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $42

  • Sofi Halling

    $87

  • Øyvind

    $50

  • Thomas Larsson

    $42

  • Torstein

    $42

  • Ragnhild

    $42

  • Nina Skjeseth

    $50

  • Geir

    $100

  • May-Elin

    $42

  • Ed Stocker

    $40

  • Astrid Sehl

     

  • Kat

    $40

  • Annemarta

    $50

  • Hilde&HH

    $84

  • Linda B

    $25

  • Halvor Sætre

    $50

  • Ellen Ewald

    $50

  • Anne Bitsch

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Redondo

    $42.20

  • Tore Gjerstad

    $50

  • St. Hanshaugen husmorjogg IL

    $25

  • David Funkhouser

    $100

  • Åshild Randby

    $35

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Elise Guzda

     

  • Nils Røren

    $60

  • Vegard

    $45

  • Andre Mundal

    $60

  • Astrid Skiftesvik Bjørkeng

    $42

  • Ericka Kriedel

    $26.20

  • Iselin

    $24

  • Tante Inger

    $50

  • Jorunn Sofie Randby

    $25

  • Ask Eirik

    $42

  • Olaf Johan Pedersen

    $30

  • Christina Wiig

    $30

  • Katie Orlinsky

    $50

  • Helen Kirulf Svane

    $12

  • Ellen Sofie

    $25

  • Andreas Loevold

    $24

  • Claire Annette Whelan

    $59

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117% Raised of$3,200 Goal

The Team: $18,138 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Julie Wheeler

Amount Raised

$4,556

Fundraiser Title

Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth

Amount Raised

$3,746

 

117% Raised of$3,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jessica Wright

Amount Raised

$3,385

 

106% Raised of$3,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ryan Donaghy

Amount Raised

$3,250

 

102% Raised of$3,200 Goal

Fundraiser Title

christian andrade

Amount Raised

$3,200

Fundraiser Title

Free To Run Inc.

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of$18,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Claire Annette Whelan

Claire Annette Whelan

DONATION: $59

3 years ago

Andreas Loevold

Andreas Loevold

DONATION: $24

3 years ago

Ellen Sofie

Ellen Sofie

DONATION: $25

Tusen takk! 3 years ago

Helen Kirulf Svane

Helen Kirulf Svane

DONATION: $12

3 years ago

Katie Orlinsky

Katie Orlinsky

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Christina Wiig

Christina Wiig

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

Olaf Johan Pedersen

Olaf Johan Pedersen

DONATION: $30

Lykke til Heidi! 3 years ago

Ask Eirik

Ask Eirik

DONATION: $42

3 years ago

Jorunn Sofie Randby

Jorunn Sofie Randby

DONATION: $25

Lykke til! 3 years ago

Tante Inger

Tante Inger

DONATION: $50

3 years ago