Empowerment through sport

Free to Run uses adventure sports to develop female leaders in regions of conflict.

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Our Mission

Free to Run’s mission is to enable women and girls to safely and boldly engage in outdoor activity in conflict-affected regions. Through a combination of sports programs, life skills development, and community outreach, we help females to reclaim public space and change views about the roles they can (and should) play in a society. Our programs are designed to develop community leaders who can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines. We work to provide our participants with the tools to succeed because they can and will be a force for positive change.

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What We Do

We start by creating safe spaces. We continuously work to engage the community and get buy-in for our programs. Our participants regularly run and hike together, and throughout the year we introduce new sports like camping, ice skating, skiing, kayaking, yoga, volleyball and cycling. In parallel, our life skills curriculum develops critical leadership, conflict resolution, resiliency and communication skills.

The moment, when you cross the finish line, that moment is a golden time that not everybody can experience. It wouldn’t have been possible if Free to Run had not provided me this opportunity. The opportunity to know more about my strengths, my weaknesses, my mind and to feel the real freedom through observing and connecting with nature while running.
— Kubra, Free to Run Afghanistan

Get Involved

If you believe in the power of sports to change lives, we need your help. For over four years, people from around the world have been lacing up for Free to Run. From park runs to ultramarathons, you can run to raise awareness and funds for our programs. Join us as we work to create positive social change through sports.


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