When you run or walk in an Aruna Race, you run for a specific
enslaved woman by name. You run for her freedom.
The Aruna Project creates lifelong freedom through employment marked by holistic care to sexually enslaved women. By combining the best of non-profit and for-profit, we envision a day when every young woman is free to choose her own adventure.
One-hundred percent of participant registration fees and donations go to free, empower, and employ sexually enslaved women.
Date: Due to COVID-19, the race has been postponed until fall 2020. Date TBD.
Can't make it but still want to participate? Register for the Aruna Virtual Run and select Akron Aruna Run for the local race you are supporting.
Events: 5K & 1-Mile
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 Asha, an enslaved woman the Aruna Project staff personally knows and is 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 Asha and other women in desperate need of new beginnings.
Location: Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44321
Race Giveaways: Each race participant receives an athletic drawstring backpack and choice of an Aruna Run exclusive headband or sweat towel, all hand-made by Aruna Artisans freed thanks to funds raised in previous Aruna Runs. Race t-shirts (not made by the women) are also included for the first 200 registrants thanks to the generosity of our local race sponsors. T-shirts will then be available to purchase during registration for an additional $7.50.
- Packet pick-up and walk-up registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
- 5K race starts at 9:00 a.m.
- 1-Mile race starts at 9:15 a.m.
Fundraising Goal: Our race fundraising goal is $7,500 ($5,000 registration fees + $2,500 donations) -- that would allow Aruna to free, empower, and employ 3 women over the course of a year. A fundraising page will automatically be created for you after registration. Help us reach this goal by actively working to raise funds -- every dollar donated makes a tremendous impact. Download social media ready images and posts from our online fundraising toolkit.
Experience Aruna Products: Make sure to check out the Aruna product table at the race to see, feel, and try on our line of Athleisure products. All bags and headbands are hand-made by Aruna Artisans, freed thanks to funds raised in previous Aruna Runs and now employed in our Freedom Business. Find one you love? Check out the postcard in your race bag for a 10% off online promo code.
Race Director: The Akron Aruna Run is put on by volunteer race host Mahesh Douglas and his team. You can contact him at email@example.com or 330-618-5426.
Desis on the run