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: VIRTUAL! Due to the on-going impact of COVID-19, we made the tough decision to convert the Champaign Aruna Run to a virtual race. Included in the virtual registration is participation in our fun Run/Walk Challenge Series. Check out all the details and register at https://virtual.arunaproject.com/.
Join Team Champaign! When you register for the virtual race, we would love for you to join Team Champaign.That way you can still see your community's involvement and impact.
Location: University of Illinois Arboretum, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61820
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 Shaban, 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 Shaban and other women in desperate need of new beginnings.
Race Giveaways: All giveaway items included in the registration fee are hand-made by Aruna Artisans, freed thanks to funds raised in previous Aruna Runs. Each race participant receives an athletic drawstring backpack and choice of an Aruna Run exclusive headband or sweat towel. Race t-shirts (not made by the women) are also included for the first 200 participants, thanks to the generosity of our local race sponsors. After that, t-shirts are available to purchase for an additional $7.50 during online registration.
- Packet pick-up and walk-up registration opens at 8:00 a.m.
- Race starts at 9:00 a.m.
Fundraising Goal: Our race fundraising goal is $12,500 ($7,500 registration fees + $5,000 donations) -- that would allow Aruna to free, empower, and employ 5 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.
Shop Aruna: Make sure to check out the Aruna shop 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. Special 10% discount offered race day! Cash, check, and credit card accepted.
Race Director: The Champaign Aruna Run is put on by Christ Community Church. You can contact the race director, Keilin Jahnke, at email@example.com or 630-677-3739.