Four Women Are Running From NYC to DC to Support Planned Parenthood
Four women are hitting the road from Harlem to Washington, D.C. just in time for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration — but they're not going by car. Instead, avid runner Alison Mariella Désir and the rest of her small team are putting their running skills to use in order to raise money and awareness for an increasingly vulnerable Planned Parenthood.
Yup, they're running from New York City to D.C. — a journey that amounts to 240 miles in just five days. Désir and her runners will leave Harlem on January 16 (Martin Luther King Day), run the distance as a relay, and arrive in D.C. on January 20. The total distance covered daily by the team as a whole is the equivalent of two marathons.
"We will arrive in DC on January 20th to join all of our powerful, beautiful, and courageous sisters in the Women's March," Désir wrote in her Instagram post announcing the run. "There will be four of us running, but we’ll be running for all of us."
There's been an ongoing attack, in recent months especially, on women's healthcare and reproductive rights. One of the main targets has been federal funding of healthcare provider Planned Parenthood. On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that Congress plans to repeal Obamacare as early as next month, and federal funding for Planned Parenthood would go along with it (here's why that's a terrible idea).
"Well, it's no secret that this incoming Administration and Congress have a target on women's right to choose and women’s health. There will never come a time that I look back and wonder, 'what could I have done to protect that right?'" Désir wrote on her GoFundMe page for the run.
Once the ultra runners arrive in Washington, D.C., they'll join the expected 200,000 people gathered at the Women's March on Washington.
So far, more than 100 women have reached out to Désir with interest in joining the run, so the group has opened it up to those who would like to join them for four-mile sections along the way.
She and her team hope to raise $44,000 (in honor of Planned Parenthood ally and 44th President Barack Obama) for the organization via the GoFundMe page. And so far, they're off to a strong start: They've already raised almost $18,000.
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