Meet The Four Women Running From NYC To DC For The Women’s March

Donald Trump tweeted, “People are pouring into Washington in record numbers. Bikers for Trump are on their way. It will be a great Thursday, Friday and Saturday.”

True, Trump, true but don’t take all the credit. According to the Women’s March on Washington’s Facebook, an estimated 200,000 people will be attending on January 21st. The march’s mission statement reads,

“The Women’s March on Washington will 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. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

As people scurry to Washington to march for women’s rights (all rights), people are finding it difficult to get there. Bus tickets are booked and no one has space to carpool all of a sudden. What if I tell you I have a way for you to get there, but it requires stamina?

A group of marathon runners from Harlem decided that they would run to the march. That’s 240 miles from Harlem to Washington. The woman who started this is Alison Desir, 31, a running coach and the founder of Harlem Run.

FUNDRAISER TONIGHT # 7pm hosted at @underbarnyc. $24 suggested donation at the door for @ppact – see you tonight! #Run4AllWomen

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Desir not only plans to run to the march to represent her values and beliefs, but is also raising money and awareness for Planned Parenthood on GoFundme where she wrote,

“I read somewhere, ‘No one person can change the world, but we can each do our part’, …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.”

As soon as people heard about her running, women around the world were inspired and wanted to participate.

Knowing that not everyone can last the 240 miles, she made this trip into a relay.

This relay will not only shorten the miles that one has to run, but more people can still run for a purpose.

Desir’s campaign reached more than her expected goal this afternoon. Her goal on her page was $44,000 in honor of Barack Obama being the 44th president and reached to $44,312. If you are interested in running, the run will pass through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland and will begin on January 18 at 6pm.

This gives anyone who wants to participate in the March enough time to settle down before marching. In an email to Mashable, Desir says,

“I hope that women will see that there are many ways to be active/political/make a difference. Letter writing may not be for you, calling your local representatives may not be for you, but there are certainly ways that all women can take a stand and have a voice.  Running just happens to be mine.”

Desir is right about that, there are many ways you can make a difference. You still have time to donate to the Women’s March. According to the Women’s March website, all donations go into the logistics to creating the march.

RUN FOR ALL WOMEN. RUN FOR ALL. #Run4AllWomen #HarlemRun #StandWithPP

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