I'm excited to run my first ultramarathon for Free to Run, an amazing non-profit organization that uses sports, running and outdoor adventure to empower and educate girls and women from conflict-affected communities. They provide sports opportunities to women and girls in conflict zones and refugee camps, believing that the social cohesion and confidence that comes from sport, especially running, can provide critical coping mechanisms and reduce the vulnerability of those most at risk.
Recently, Free to Run supported over 200 Afghan girls to run in a mixed-gender marathon in Afghanistan (which received coverage from NBC News), runs programs in South Sudan, and in Hong Kong for refugee women. Free to Run was founded by Stephanie Case, an internationally competitive ultra runner and human rights attorney with experience in some of the world's most conflict-affected areas. Her writing about both her work and running is one of the things that inspired me to give this ultra thing a go while getting a PhD, and I'm excited to find support for a really worthy cause.
On May 5th I'll run the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K in New York, and hopefully finish with some kind of respectable time. I'll have a couple of races along the way and a lot of training, so thanks to everyone who has and continues to support me, and is able to support Free to Run in making this happen!