Mariah is the Program Manager of End Slavery Now. Currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati's DAAP program with a degree in Digital Design.
With the 5K about to begin, the highest fundraiser that day stepped behind the starting line and prepared to run. On her prosthetic leg, she’d placed a bright pink strip of duct tape bearing the name of a woman still trapped in slavery. Growing up in an Indian orphanage before being adopted by an American family, the runner had been cared for and protected as a child. “Now, I understand why they wouldn’t let me go out at night,” she told the race hosts and added that she was running to raise awareness and funds to help women leave forced prostitution.
Calling all runners, walkers and adventure seekers out there: Choose from a number of 5Ks, marathons, and sports activities raising awareness and funds to end human trafficking and modern slavery. Lace up your running or hiking shoes, and get ready to run, walk, climb or bike for freedom!
Worldwide and National Races
Aruna Project - National
By running in an Aruna race, you are raising awareness and funds to help women leave sexual slavery. You are also providing a market to the women working in the Aruna production unit who make all the t-shirts and bags for the races. Just by running, you can raise awareness and provide employment! Find a race near you, or become a host!
Check with your local organization to find races near you! The ones below are a few we know about.
Run Against Trafficking - Mesa, Arizona
Break Free Runs - California
Run or walk a 5K or 10K in multiple events located throughout California. They raise awareness and funds for anti-human trafficking work that goes to education, awareness, prevention and restoration programs. Find an event in California.
Race for Freedom - Wichita, Kansas
March for Freedom - Columbus, Ohio
Free Them 5K - Shoreline, Washington
Hope Run Kenosha- Kenosha, Wisconsin
Those part of Climb for Captives are climbing mountains to raise awareness. These women climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for anti-trafficking efforts. Get your climbing friends together, pick a mountain and get training!
Tour Against Trafficking - Central California
Groups of bicyclists will ride 750 miles over 18 days throughout Central California. This tour is happening now, but be on the lookout for a 2016 tour!
OK 200 - Iowa
Challenge yourself with a one day, 200 mile bike ride and run going from West Des Moines, IA to Okoboji, IA.
Pedal Against Human Trafficking - Seattle, Washington
Ride 26 miles along the beautiful South Lake Washington loop, or take a 14 mile lakeside ride.
Do what you love to do best and raise awareness for your favorite organization. One couple is walking across the entire United States to raise awareness for beach erosion. This woman is attempting the longest triathlon that goes through major trafficking routes. If you have always wanted to do something adventurous but haven't found the motivation, do it to raise awareness for your favorite anti-trafficking organization!
Noy Thrupkaew is a global journalist that reports on human trafficking. Watch her TED talk that shares another perspective on the underlying issues that enable human trafficking.
Learn about the trafficking of Native Americans