On Jan. 18, two Harlem runners will begin a 240-mile journey from New York City to Washington, D.C. to raise funds for Planned Parenthood.
They plan to end at the Women's March on Washington, where thousands of women are scheduled to protest the day after Donald Trump's inauguration.
Alison Mariella Désir and Talisa Hayes' GoFundMe page, which had a goal of $44,000, has surpassed the proposed amount and reached more than $60,000 to support their trip.
#Run4AllWomen . @almamex0215 @run_is_to @ultrarunningchick81 @quitatheroadrunner thanks for being the first women on board; @maryarnold79 thank you for building the spreadsheet to allow more women to participate. Thanks to @alacrityamir for making the flyers. SIGN UP TO RUN A LEG OF THE RUN NOW- information via link in bio #WomensRunning #Run4AllWomen
A photo posted by Alison Mariella Désir (@powderedfeet) on Jan 7, 2017 at 10:04am PST
As many as 100 supporters will greet them along the way, including Planned Parenthood representatives in Baltimore.
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Their campaign arises as Trump, who during his campaign said he’s against abortion, will be sworn into office. The president-elect has also said he will appoint an anti-abortion judge on the U.S. Supreme Court, which could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion in the country.
Alison Mariella Désir says the idea for the campaign emerged as she thought of ways to make her daily running more meaningful following the upset of Hillary Clinton’s loss in the presidential election of 2016.
“Just like the march, it’s a way to energize women and allow us to feel like we can do something,” Désir, a 31-year-old running coach told Newsweek.
It started as an idea. A crazy idea. And it's become a movement. # Tomorrow, we head out for our run to D.C. with a $65K (and rising) check to deliver to @ppact. And we will be joined by women (and men) around the WORLD running with us in solidarity. But it's not about running, necessarily. It's about NOT sitting and waiting to act on the things that matter to you most. It's about deciding to mobilize and using everything you've got to reach that goal. #Run4AllWomen 📷by @_therealkai
A photo posted by Alison Mariella Désir (@powderedfeet) on Jan 17, 2017 at 5:16pm PST
The women have invited other men and women to run alongside them during parts of the journey, ultimately ending on Jan. 21st at the Women’s March on Washington. Their hope is to draw attention to the many services offered by the 100-year-old organization, which provides critical care like mammograms and birth control to millions of women across the U.S., especially to young and low-income individuals.