Virtual Race to End Slavery

Virtual Race to End Slavery Photo

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EVENT DATE: Jan 01, 2013

Make a resolution in 2013 to take action against human trafficking. January 1, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln's Executive Order proclaimed all slaves in the Confederate territory free, eventually resulting in 3-4 million slaves gaining their freedom. Today, despite laws against slavery in every country, there are more slaves in the world than any point any history (estimated 21-30 million.) While the actions of one person may not lead to a slave becoming free, the combination of small acts by many people can make a difference.


On New Year's Day, wherever you are, walk or run at least 5 km (3.1 miles) to raise awareness of modern day slavery, and share your commitment to ending slavery with your friends and family to help raise money that will fund initiatives around the world. This event starts on January 1st, but it will last the entire month of January. If you are unable to participate on January 1st, then you can pick another date, such as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on January 11th, or run throughout the month to help end slavery. You can challenge yourself to see how many miles you can run to help end slavery in January.


If you donate or raise a minimum of $25, you will receive a World Race for Hope t-shirt after the the conclusion of the event. There will be other fundraising incentives announced.


Proceeds from this event will be split evenly among: Somaly Mam Foundation (, Polaris Project (, Not For Sale ( and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (

Team Organizer's Photo

Running for Hope

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