September 25, 2020

A powerful group of women will run from NYC to the Women’s March on Washington


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is a running coach, the founder of Harlem Run, and a contributor to Women’s Running magazine. After she reflected on the negative implications Donald Trump’s political administration could have for women, members of the LQBTQ community and America as a whole, she decided it was time to take a stand — or should we say, a sprint.Desir came up with a unique and powerful way to raise money and awareness for Planned Parenthood while showing “the awesome power of women:” Running the 240 miles from to the national’s capital to attend the March.

“I read somewhere, ‘No one person can change the world, but we can each do our part,'” Desir wrote on her GoFundMe page, entitled, (Four Women) Run For ALL Women. “…I (and a small team) will begin a 240-mile run from Harlem to Washington, D.C. … There will be four of us running, but we’ll be running for all of us.

Since the GoFundMe page was created on Jan. 2, over 100 inspired women have reached out to Desir expressing a desire to participate in the run.

While Desir wrote that there will still be a core group of women present for the entire trip, she decided to transform the effort into a relay to accommodate the popular demand, allowing people from different areas to sign up for a leg of the run and participate along the way. Men are more than welcome to participate as well.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the campaign had already raised an impressive $44,312, surpassing its $44,000 goal, which was set to honor America’s 44th President, Barack Obama.

“We reached our goal just in time for President Obama’s farewell speech. So, Mr. President, if you are watching (and I hope you are) thank you being an inspiration and providing so much hope!” Desir wrote.

The 240-mile adventure through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland will begin on Jan. 18 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The charted route is expected to give the women ample amount of time to arrive at the National Mall in D.C. on Saturday morning and participate in the march.

In addition to Desir’s run, women across America are making other efforts to have their voices heard, ranging from the Pussyhat Project to an additional Women’s March that Chelsea Handler will lead down in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.

Mashable reached out to Desir for additional comment.


Alison Desir

Alison Desir, creator of (Four Women) Run For ALL Women, running. IMAGE: ALISON DESIR

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