[Editor’s Note: March is Women’s History Month! For the last seven days of March, we’re highlighting seven stories of women moving the needle forward in running. Each article offers you a way to take action and elevate the women who make up our community. Let’s celebrate!]
If you’re a longtime iRunFar reader, then you’ve probably heard us talk about Girls Gotta Run. The Girls Gotta Run Foundation is a nonprofit that awards scholarships to young, female runners in several locations in Ethiopia, including the famous running town of Bekoji in which numerous Olympians live and train. iRunFar traveled to Bekoji in 2019 to learn about and participate in the organization’s work, and wrote a series of articles about Girls Gotta Run.
In short, the scholarships give girls elevated access to education, health care, organized run coaching, and life-skills development. These opportunities are traditionally afforded to girls less often than boys in Ethiopia, so Girls Gotta Run is an equity project.
You can support Girls Gotta Run in several ways. First, right now through May 4, consider buying Allegro Coffee’s 2021 Girls Gotta Run special-edition coffee either online or at your local Whole Foods Market. You can also directly donate to the nonprofit. I hope you’ll consider supporting this program which uses running to help elevate girls’ lives!