The Aruna Project is an international human rights non-profit dedicated to freeing, empowering, and employing sexually enslaved women in India. When you participate in the Aruna Virtual Run, you run or walk to help bring freedom to an enslaved woman by name. You will then receive updates on her journey to freedom throughout the year. The race giveaway items you'll receive -- an athletic drawstring backpack and headband or sweat towel -- are all hand-made by our Artisans, freed and employed in our Freedom Business thanks to funds raised in previous Aruna Runs.
One-hundred percent of participant registration fees and donations go to free, empower, and employ sexually enslaved women.
You can run or walk your 5k anywhere! Be it roads, tracks, treadmills, or around your house. We don't require any specific route, so find the safest area to run and go for it!
Every virtual run participant will receive by mail a 2020 Aruna athletic drawstring backpack and choice between an Aruna Run exclusive Reshma headband or sweat towel, all hand-made by Aruna Artisans who were freed and employed in our Freedom Business thanks to funds raised in previous Aruna Runs.
Shehaz is currently enslaved in the brothels -- we know her and are actively working to bring her freedom. Download this race bib, pin it on your shirt, and you can literally run or walk to help bring and sustain her freedom through employment with Aruna.
All registered virtual runners are eligible to enter and win each of the challenges below.
In addition to running to set enslaved women free, you can also donate for her freedom or shop for her freedom by purchasing products made by freed Aruna Artisans from our online store. 100% of donations help to free, empower, and employ women. And proceeds from the sale of products fund the holistic care each Artisan receives -- a living wage, safe housing, retirement savings, healthcare, and counseling.
Given our current climate, we ask that you follow some simple guidelines to protect yourself and those around you while you run virtually.
Check-in with yourself before you go. Are you feeling healthy, breathing normal, and in shape to run? Check-in with yourself before you go out on your run and make sure you’re feeling up to the task. You can always rest and come back to run once you feel better. Don’t push it if you’re not ready.
Proper Hydration. Plan to make sure you have ample hydration and nutrition for the entire duration of your run.
Run Alone, or limit yourself to one healthy running buddy. Running alone will reduce your exposure to other people and in turn, will reduce your chances of contracting an illness.
Identification. Bring your identification or road id in case of an emergency.
Listen. Wear one earbud out so you can use your hearing to help you avoid collisions or accidents.
Wear Bright Clothing. Wear bright clothing so pedestrians and vehicle traffic can identify you.
Be Aware. The roads are not closed for your virtual run, so be aware of your surroundings. Obey traffic laws and always look both ways before you cross streets and crosswalks.