Join Free to Run and Untamed Borders at the Marathon of Afghanistan


This is an exceptional opportunity. The first 4 people who commit to raising a minimum of $6,500 each for Free to Run will get a trip to Afghanistan, hosted by the adventure travel company Untamed Borders. The trip will include 10 days of travel in Afghanistan and a bib in the only international marathon in the country. Untamed Borders has deep experience in the region, and they've reserved the last 4 places in their sold-out trip for Free to Run! Please note: The exact dates are not public for security reasons. Please get in touch for more details.

Untamed Borders

Untamed Borders is an adventure travel company providing unparalleled access to some of the world’s most interesting and inaccessible places. They specialize in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Middle East, East Africa, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus. The team uses specialist local guides throughout, and their goal is to provide authentic and original experiences for their guests. Their groups are small which allows for greater security, flexibility, and access to local people and places. Each trip is individually designed to coincide with local events, and in this case... it's the Marathon of Afghanistan! The trip will include a visit to the remains of the world’s largest standing Buddha statues and the ancient cities of Shah e Zohak and Shah e Golghola.

The Marathon of Afghanistan

Now in its 5th year, The Marathon of Afghanistan is one of the most unique marathons in the world. It's the only international marathon in the country and as a result, the race has received significant media attention. Untamed Borders and Free to Run have been involved with this race from the start. As many of you know, we've  helped to increase the number of women and girls in both the 10K and full marathon every year. In 2018, the marathon had runners from Italy, USA, Canada, Norway, France, UK, Singapore and Argentina. The race also had 420 runners signed up to complete the Marathon and associated 10km race, and half were women. The Marathon of Afghanistan symbolizes the local and international efforts in the region to promote sports for everyone. It takes place in the Bamyan province, amidst the mountains of the Hindu Kush in central Afghanistan. This astonishingly beautiful valley, a UNESCO world heritage site, is recognized as one of the safest provinces in the country. 

Fundraising for Free to Run

To be considered for the trip, you must commit to fundraising a minimum of $6,500 for Free to Run. Higher priority will be given to those who commit to fundraising above the minimum. We can provide fundraising support to help you surpass your goal, including helping you to set up your online fundraising page on CrowdRise or JustGiving

The trip from Untamed Borders will include accommodation, breakfast, ground transportation in Afghanistan, two internal flights, guiding, and entrance to the Marathon of Afghanistan. The trip value is $2150. For those who do not want to run the full marathon, there are options to run the 10K or help as a volunteer at the race. This trip does not include visas, insurance, flights to Afghanistan, entrance fees, lunches, dinners. If you have any trip-related questions, you're welcome to contact Untamed Borders at or +44 (0) 1304 262002.

This is a truly unique opportunity to support Free to Run's mission of giving women and girls access to outdoor sports and leadership training. At the same time, you'll have the opportunity to see the side of Afghanistan that so many of us know and love, and participate in a sporting event that's creating a powerful and positive impact. If you're interested in fundraising for this incredible trip, please contact us at

David & George