New York, New York: Harlem activist, Alison Désir, raised $101k+ by running 240+ miles for Planned Parenthood. Désir went out for a run from her Harlem home at 6 PM Wednesday, January 18 and did not stop until she and fellow runners Marquita Francique, Kim Rodrigues and Talisa Hayes got to the US Capitol at 6 AM January 21—just in time for the Women’s March on Washington. Teams of citizen runners (no professional athletes) joined them on the route, averaging close to 100 miles per day.
Désir, founder of the fitness movement “Harlem Run” and former NY1 “New Yorker of the Week,” says she felt compelled to action just after the election, saying “It’s no secret that this incoming Administration and Congress have a target on a woman’s right to choose and women’s health issues. I do not want to look back and wonder: what could I have done to protect these rights?”
Upon completion Désir shared, “I never imagined the run would become this big. I hope to sustain this movement because it’s a long four years ahead.” In this spirit she invites supporters to continue to contribute as the www.gofundme.com/4Women4AllWomen link will be live until February 1, 2017.
- In 20 days, $101k+ has been raised for Planned Parenthood of NYC. The www.gofundme.com/4Women4AllWomen link will be open for donations until February 1, 2017.
- The route began in Harlem and concluded in Washington DC on Saturday 1/21/17. The route can be found athttps://www.plotaroute.com/routeplayer/337020.
- Women and men were invited to join in and/or cheer along the way
- Désir tweeted via @run4allwomen with updates as well as posting via IG stories @powderedfeet.