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More Than Just a Foot Race

Recently, I wrote a piece about the ability of athletics to empower women and girls. Running a marathon is no exception.

Running, especially marathon running, is more than just a foot race. Finishing a marathon is a state of mind that says anything is possible. 

Last weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to run in the New York City Marathon, a race often described as being second only to the Olympics in terms of excitement and prestige. However, the hype surrounding the race did not push me across the finish line (although it didn’t hurt), but it was the strength, enthusiasm, dedication and fearlessness of other female marathoners from all corners of the world.

So go ahead and ask yourself, “Why do I run?”

Yinka, Sierra Leone & USA

“I run because I can.”

"I run because I can." – Yinka, Sierra Leone

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Team Takbo, Philippines

“I run because I can.” ~ Ariene

“I run because I am strong.” ~ Mia

“I run for sanity.”

These ladies from the Philippines are ready to rock the #ingnycm!

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Lina, Dominican Republic

“I run for ice cream…seriously.”

"I run for ice cream…seriously." – Lina, Dominican Republic #ingnycm

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Rose, Jill & Cristina, USA

“We run because we are strong and great friends.”

"We run because we are strong and great friends." – Rose, Jill, Cristina, USA #ingnycm

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Renee, The Netherlands

“I run because I have the strength to do so.”

"I run because I have the strength to do so." – Renee, Netherlands #ingnycm

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Crystal, USA

“I run because I am a busy mom.”

#ingnycm "I run because I am a busy mom." – Crystal, USA

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Mette, The Netherlands

“I run because I ROCK! Yeh!”

#ingnycm "I run because I rock!" Yes you do!!

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Mantza & Andreina, Venezuela

“I run because I can and I will.”

“Yo corro porque soy awesome!”

#ingnycm The NYC marathon is full of #girlpower! Love it!

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Hi everyone! I recently earned my Master’s degree in International Development from The New School in New York City in May 2012. With a concentration in International Development and Global Health, I have worked behind the scenes as a Research Intern for the PBS documentary Half the Sky in addition to serving as the Research and Advocacy Intern for The Hunger Project. Globally, I have taught English to kindergartners in China, have researched clean water and HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and have gained first-hand experience understanding how migrants and refugees deal with public health issues in both Mexico and Thailand. I am especially interested in food security, nutrition and hunger and the role of women and girls in each of these issues. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my ever-so-fluffy Siberian Husky, eating delicious food, training for marathons and traveling. Follow me on Twitter @E_Epstein!

3 Comments

    • 7meilenstiefel girl says

      “running is more than just a foot race”: so true!! I did the Berlin Marathon and I know now: the spirit of marathon exists!

  1. I love this! I agree–running makes me feel that I’ve achieved something–that if I focus and move with intensity and passion, that I could do anything. I run because it sets me free!

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