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Days for Girls Virtual Race

I am excited about running my second virtual race in May.  Last year I ran my first virtual 5K in January.  It was free and it was sponsored by Katie at Runs for Cookies.  It was a celebration of her birthday and she even had a cute little printable bib for participants.

Due to my work schedule (I work every Friday night) it is difficult for me to do all the races I would like so I have to look for alternatives.  Usually that means finding Sunday races or Saturday evening races.  I really want to do a race in May this year but none of the local ones will fit into my schedule.  I started looking around online for a virtual race and I found one for a fantastic cause that I am really looking forward to supporting. 
The Days for Girls Run for Dignity is a virtual 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Marathon (runner’s choice) to raise support and awareness for Days for Girls International.  Days for Girls International provides reuseable menstrual pads to women around the world.  From their website: 

What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school, DAYS without income, DAYS without leaving the house? Girls use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, corn husks, rocks, anything they can find…but still miss up to 2 months of school every year.”

I had never given thought to the fact that girls in third world countries did not have access to sanitary supplies.  This fantastic organization provides kits with menstrual pads, bags for storing soiled pads and education to young women around the world.  They have many opportunities to help through sewing, assembling kits, and even distribution of the kits.  Take some time to stop by their website and read about the awesome work they are doing.     
One small thing you can do to support them is to sign up for one of the virtual races.  The really neat thing about virtual racing is you participate when you are able.  There is no set day or time.  You run your race, report your results by 6/22/14, and receive your medal in the mail.  The price is very reasonable ($25 flat fee for any of the races).  No waiting around at start lines, no worrying about what the weather will be, and no worrying about if you’ll be last!  

I’ll be running a 10K in May in support of Days for Girls.  A friend and I have also been talking about other ways that we can help to support them including the possibility of getting kits for her to take to Haiti during her biannual mission trips.  This is a mission that I truly believe in and I am excited to be able to do something I love and benefit them at the same time.  
Have you ever run a virtual race?  Would you consider doing this one with me?    
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