This Friday, August 11, athletic and motivated runners will take off from New Orleans and run to Baton Rouge, not for personal best times or for a medal, but for social change in support of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast.
The run's entirety is 140 miles, which will be run in a relay form. The runners will start from Jackson Square at 4 p.m. and maintain a racing pace, with some runners potentially running as much as 75 miles on their own. They will end their ambitious journey at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
This relay run is one of five included in a national series of runs scheduled across the country this summer. Other participating states include Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
The movement was orchestrated by an organization called Run 4 All Women, which utilizes their planned running events as a voice of activism. A group of women from the same organization ran from Harlem, New York, to Washington, D.C., this past January, raising more than $100,000 for Planned Parenthood.
"I'm incredibly proud of the Run 4 All Women movement and the progress we've made over the past few months," said founder Alison Désir. "Welcoming five new state chapters allows us to continue our grassroots activism while fundraising for Planned Parenthood."
For more information on the run, visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Run4AllWomenLA/.