84% of women have suffered harassment in their lives according to a survey by Runner’s World. This makes practising free-running statistically discouraging for women. For reasons like this, several organizations have created charitable events to help athletes and help train new generations of girls through financial donations.
These six charity foundations promote women to be part of the running scene.
Kathrine Switzer founded 261 Fearless, using the number she wore to identify herself as the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon in 1967. Led by Switzer, the foundation has a program that includes non-competitive events, a training certification, and club members often meet to run.
Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation
Vanessa Marcotte was an American runner who had the spirit of helping others. Unfortunately, she was killed in Massachusetts and after that tragic event, family and friends joined to celebrate her life as she’d like to, by helping others as well.
The Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation offers a program to encourage gender equality and safety.
Besides, the foundation has a running and self-defence training program for women financed by Girls Inc. A 5K running event takes place every year to run and celebrate Vanessa’s life to the fullest. Celebrities also show support to the foundation.
Girls on the Run
This organization offers a program specially designed for girls from eight to 15 years old. The program provides girls with the psychological preparation they need to face challenges in life while preparing them for a non-competitive 5K race.
Founded by Nicole DeBoom, the famous triathlete takes out the barriers that prevent any woman from starting to run and improving their lives. The program starts in March and after a 3-month training course with experienced runners and motivators, they’ll run their first 5K race ever.
The money raised is used to support new members who don’t have the finances to start. Nicole says that anyone can start regardless of their physical or social condition. The purpose of the organization is to add value to women not only physically but also mentally.
Black Girls RUN! Foundation
The foundation eliminates the stereotypes that black women have in this sport. It has more than 225,000 members divided into 70 groups across the country. This makes black women feel visible and safe when they run.
Girls Gotta Run Foundation
It is a foundation that empowers Ethiopian girls that seeks to help girls that due to the cultural conditions of their country, cannot participate in a study program. They are taught running, entrepreneurship, and financial strategies to lead them to become professionals.
If you want to donate to any of these organizations, we recommend that you visit their official sites and social networks to contact them. Carrying out an act of charity can bring satisfaction and happiness to yourself and those around you.