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Global Running Day 2017 - Celebrate the right to run!

The ability to lace up my shoes, run out my door and find solace, sweat, sights, and serenity all in a matter of minutes is what led me to become a runner.

An athlete my whole life, I always thought running was just part of training for something else. If I was running, I wanted a ball in my hand, or at my foot, or a cone to run to and from. But, when I stopped playing college sports, running became a lifeline. It was my way to churn out some miles while watching the world, clear my head, and get a nice workout in.

Over the years I have missed the great camaraderie of team sports, and the thrill of a win or sting of a loss. But, there is something freeing and powerful about the ability to take off with little more than your clothes and shoes, and pound the pavement.

In some countries, girls and women don't have the ability to do what I do on almost a daily basis. Today, lace up those shoes, open the door, and run for yourself and for girls and women around the world who may not have the opportunity, or feel safe enough to do the same. And then, join us in our movement to make sure that girls and women around the world have this right.

Here is something to keep in mind as you head out the door: most big things start with the smallest thing, one step. So take a step today, and then another, and then another, and let's get running and changing this world together.

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Welcome to the Through Her Eyes Project Blog!

We are so excited to relaunch the Through Her Eyes Project website, and share with you all of the new things we are working on as we take the project into the next year. One of the most important parts of this project is sharing stories and creating a space for cross cultural collaboration.

And, we can't do this without you.

So, we are asking you to be part of the project in any way you can. If you can start by sharing your story - do that! Each month we will profile one person, from young girls who play on their local school teams, to professional athletes, to moms who started a Sunday soccer league, and learn how sports has changed them.

Contribute on the SHARE YOUR STORY page, and you'll have a chance to be profiled.

Check out the powerful words of Nancy Aguinda, one of the young women we met in Ecuador, on how practicing her sport of Tae Kwon Do makes her feel.

When I am out there nothing else matters. All of my problems disappear, and I feel powerful...Many times I was told not to play, but it is our right, too.”
— Nancy Aguinda, Age 17/Tae Kwon Do/Tena, Ecuador

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