Free To Run Inc. wrote -
Free to Run’s mission is to use running, physical fitness and outdoor adventure to empower and educate women and girls who have been affected by conflict. We support those living within conflict areas as well as those who have been forced to flee and live as refugees outside of their home countries.
Getting outdoors makes me feel like myself no matter where I am. It’s where I’ve gotten my best scars and favorite memories, where I’ve made my closest friends and learned to fail. This year I’m training for the NYCM with my roommate and dear friend, Jess. Most days, we’re restricted to the treadmills and fluorescent lighting of our underground gym but we’ve had the opportunity to train with the Free to Run girls on a few occasions. They drag themselves out of bed at the crack of dawn to run speed drills, laugh, and commiserate like the friends and teenagers they are. They do it in dresses, some in sandals, and remind me of how lucky I’ve been to spend so much of my life outside.