Human Traffic Watch

Would You Run in a Dress for Charity?

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on October 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I’m part of a trio of best buds and travelers called The Lost Girls who, more than five years ago, quit our media jobs to set out together on a yearlong trip around the world. Now we’re calling ourselves The Runaway Bridesmaids after we asked ourselves a question that many women have often pondered: What were we going to do with our old bridesmaid dresses that our married pals swore we could totallywear again?

Rather than let those expensive dresses collect dust in our closets, we decided to prove our bride friends right and put them back to use for a good cause. Except the next time we wore them, we strapped on running shoes instead of heels to race in our dresses and raise money to help build a shelter for the children of sex workers with the first-ever Runaway Bridesmaids Race.

First, we gathered a team of men and women to wear dresses and race The NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile Presented by Nissan on September 22. Check out this slideshow to see photos from the race. Now five of us are training for the ING New York City Marathon—which we will be running in dresses (that’s 26.2 miles!)—on November 4 to continue fundraising for the cause.

Source: Shape


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