If Girls Ran the World Challenge Begins in October

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Sep 29

What if girls ran the world?  Do you want to find out?

I’m really excited to be taking part in a global virtual running challenge called If Girls Ran the World.   During the entire month of October, thousands of women (and supporters) will be logging their miles and fundraising for organizations that support and empower women and girls globally.  Keep reading to find out how you can get involved too!

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This October, thousands of women will join in a one of a kind adventure to collectively and virtually run around the world to benefit charities that empower girls globally.

If Girls Ran the World Virtual Challenge October 1-31

Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits.

So, this October, join us as we collectively and virtually run around the world raising funds and awareness to empower girls globally. Whether you run once or everyday, raise $10 or $10,000, your time, effort, energy and voice will change lives and build communities all over the world.

You can run wherever and whenever and track your miles through Strava or MapMyFitness during the month-long virtual challenge to add to our collective progress. Share your story with friends and family to raise funds for the cause that means the most to you.

Since I am training for the Philadelphia Marathon, I already planned to have a pretty high mileage in October, but this is even more incentive to get it done.  The goal is to collectively run 24,901 miles by October 31 as part of the challenge!

Fundraising for Girls in Tech

The Girls Run the World challenge provides the opportunity to support a variety of organizations.  I decided to fundraise for Girls In Tech.  Here’s an overview of who they are and what they do:

Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields.

Today, GIT aims to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups. We achieve this through the creation of proprietary, innovative programming and strategic global partnerships.

With headquarters in San Francisco and more than 50,000 members located around the globe, GIT relies on volunteer efforts to lead each of the 60 local chapters. Programming and events vary by chapter based on local interests and needs.

GIT is not just for professional women. We exist for anyone with an interest in technology, startups and providing women with a platform for growth. But we operate with the spirit of the girl within all of us—fearless, lively and determined.

As a female engineer, this is a cause that is very important to me.  It’s always very exciting  and inspiring for me to see women succeeding in technical fields and I love that GIT provides mentorship to the future women in technology.

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My goal is to raise $250 for Girls in Tech. I would greatly appreciate your support – as little as $5 would make a huge difference!

Even better, you can create your own page and fundraise for a cause that means something to you.  Other organizations include:

  • YWCA
  • Susan G. Komen
  • The Hunger Project
  • Every Mother Counts

Although worlds apart, we are in this together. Virtually, anything is possible.

I’m linking up with Jill Conyers for Health Fitness and Happiness,  Annmarie, Nicole, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday, and  Angela and Ilka for Sunday Fitness and Food!

Have you ever done a virtual running challenge?  How do you think things would be different if girls/women ran the world?

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