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CINCINNATI  ARUNA RUN  2019

When you run or walk in an Aruna Race, you run for a specific
enslaved woman by name, like Reshma. You run for her freedom.


One-hundred percent of participant registration fees and donations go to free, empower, and employ sexually enslaved women. 

Date: Labor Day, September 2, 2019 

Events: 5-Mile, 5K, and 1-Mile. All courses USATF certified. New this year! Elite 1-Mile - Click here for details and application. 

Host: The Aruna Project, a US non-profit dedicated to freeing, empowering, and employing sexually enslaved women in India.

Why Run or Walk? Run or walk for an enslaved woman by name whom the Aruna Project staff personally know and are working to free from the brothels. Thanks to local race sponsors covering race expenses, 100 percent of registration fees and donations go to bring and sustain freedom to women in desperate need of new beginnings.

Location: National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Start Times: 

  • Packet pick-up and walk-up registration - Opens at 6:30 a.m.
  • 5-mile - 7:30 a.m
  • 5K - 8:00 a.m
  • Elite 1-Mile - Women at 9:00 a.m.; Men at 9:08 a.m.
  • 1-mile - 9:20 a.m. 

Course Maps: 5-Mile5K, 1-Mile (Click to download)


Race Giveaways

Each race participant will receive a t-shirt and an athletic drawstring backpack made by free Aruna Artisans. Each finisher will also receive a 2019 race medal.Sign up early to guarantee t-shirt size.


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Interested in running elite? Join us for our inaugural Elite 1-Mile race at this year's Cincinnati Aruna Run. Application due by August 20, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Click here to view complete details and submit application.

Registration fees

5-Mile Run/Walk

Registration closes in 1 month 10 days
  • 100% of registration fee goes to free, empower, and employ sexually enslaved women!

    1. $40.00

      Includes athletic drawstring backpack hand-made by free Aruna Artisans, t-shirt, and finisher medal

      Now registering May 1 – Aug 30
      Register
    2. $45.00 – Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration

      After online registration closes, fee is $45 to register at advance packet pick-up on 8/31 and on race morning, 9/2.


5K Run/Walk

Registration closes in 1 month 10 days
  • 100% of registration fee goes to free, empower, and employ sexually enslaved women!

    1. $30.00

      Includes athletic drawstring backpack made by free Aruna Artisans, finisher medal, race t-shirt, and refreshments. Also includes entry into the Freedom Center.

      Now registering May 1 – Aug 30
      Register
    2. $35.00 – Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration

      After online registration closes, fee is $35 to register at advance packet pick-up on 8/31 and on race morning, 9/2.


1-Mile Run/Walk

Registration closes in 1 month 10 days
  • 100% of registration fee goes to free, empower, and employ sexually enslaved women!

    1. $25.00

      Includes athletic drawstring backpack made by free Aruna Artisans, finisher medal, race t-shirt, and refreshments. Also includes entry into the Freedom Center.

      Now registering May 1 – Aug 30
      Register
    2. $30.00 – Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration

      After online registration closes, fee is $30 to register at advance packet pick-up on 8/31 and on race morning, 9/2.


Elite 1-Mile Access code only

New this year! Elite 1-mile race featuring male and female fields. Open to men who run faster than 4:40 min/mile and women who run faster than 5:35 min/mile. Each field is limited to 20 participants. Interested participants must submit an application for consideration by August 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Accepted individuals will receive a special access code to register for the event by August 23, 2019.

  1. $10.00

    Includes athletic drawstring backpack hand-made by free Aruna Artisans, t-shirt, and finisher medal


Additional Details

After-Party: Join us for a celebratory thank you party after you cross the finish line featuring food, music, and activities.

Recommended Parking: Central Riverfront Garage at The Banks

Freedom Center Access: Registered participants get free entry into the Freedom Center following the race -- just show your race bib. Non-registered friends and family members will get discounted tickets.

Teams: Teams are welcomed and encouraged. Create or join a team when you register.

Awards: Awards will be given to the top male and top female finishers, as well as the male and female age group winners, in each of the 5-Mile, 5K, and 1-Mile races.

Age Groups: Male and female top finishers will be awarded in each of the following age categories for the 5-Mile, 5K, and 1-Mile races:

  • 6 & under (1-mile only) - 1st & 2nd places
  • 7-12 (1-mile only) - 1st & 2nd places
  • 12 & under (5K and 5-mile only) - 1st and 2nd places
  • 13-19 - 1st and 2nd places
  • 20-29 - 1st place
  • 30-39 -  1st place
  • 40-49 - 1st place
  • 50-59 - 1st place
  • 60-69 - 1st place
  • 70+ - 1st place

Packet Pick-Up: There are two ways to pick-up your packet:

  1. Saturday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Beat the race day crowds and pick up your packet at Blue Ash Fleet Feet (9525 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242). Family members or friends may pick up your packet for you. All registered participants receive 20% off non-sale apparel purchases made at Fleet Feet during packet pick-up.  
  2. Monday, September 2 starting at 6:30 a.m. Race day, on-site packet pick-up will be inside the lobby of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. 

Sponsors: A big thank you to our sponsors for funding the race, ensuring that 100% of the money raised from entry fees and donations will help the women we serve.

Refund Policy: No refunds.

Fundraising

Fundraising is optional but highly impactful as 100% of funds raised go to free, empower, and employ women. Set up an individual or team fundraiser after registration and download our fundraising toolkit to get started.

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F.A.Q.

Are walkers welcome?

Of course! Whether walking or running, we are all out there for the same goal -- to raise funds to help bring freedom to the sexually enslaved.

Are dogs welcome?

As much as we love our furry, four-legged friends, they are not allowed to participate in the race.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Nope! As long you can cover the distance, we welcome all ages to participate. Parents are welcome to push kids in strollers too. A child being pushed in a stroller does not need to be registered for the race.

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Steve Mary $518.90
2 Matthew Roberts $103.78
3 Anonymous $103.78

Top Teams

1

Team Mary

$518.90

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal
2

The crazy fun team

$36.33

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal
3

Helping Hands

$25.95

Raised

$1,000.00

Goal

Top Fundraisers

1

Michael Mazur

$51.89

Raised

$250.00

Goal
2

Bev Dorenbusch

Raised: $27.68

3

Dania Smith

$25.95

Raised

$50.00

Goal

Contact Information

Event Location

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH, USA

Click here to view map