Four women from New York completed a 386-kilometre run to the weekend’s Women’s March in Washington.
On Jan. 16, Harlem Runners’ founder Alison Desir and her group started out on what became a widely celebrated effort to get to the U.S. capitol on foot in time for Saturday’s massive event. The goal was to run to raise funds for Planned Parenthood and then participate in the march which, according to its mission statement, aimed to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”
So far, Desir has managed to raise US $101,618 from the 2,631 people who supported her Go Fund Me campaign. Her target was $44,000.
The synopsis of the purpose behind their ultra run is written below as found on their campaign page:
“On January 16, 2017, MLK Day, I (and a small team) will begin a 240-mile run from Harlem to Washington DC in an effort to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood and the awesome power of women. (To put it into context, we’ll be running roughly two NYC Marathons each day). We will arrive in DC on January 20th to join all of our powerful, beautiful, and courageous sisters in the Women’s March. There will be four of us running, but we’ll be running for all of us.”
Desir is an avid runner who has not only founded her own run club but also writes about running as a contributor to Women’s Running magazine. She documented her experience in Washington on her Instagram page as well. Hundreds of thousands marched in Washington and on Canadian soil, including large turnouts in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax and Vancouver.
For more on her 386-kilometre run, check out her Twitter and Instagram updates under the handle @powderedfeet.