Introducing Zainab and Nelofar - Afghanistan's first Ultramarathon Team

Free to Run is currently supporting two Afghan women in their efforts to compete in the Gobi March 2015, a 250 kilometer, 7-day self supported footrace which is part of the 4 Deserts Race Series. Nelofar and Zainab will be sharing their progress with us through a weekly blog. Read on to find out about their training, share in their successes, and learn about the immense challenges they face as women in Afghanistan… and please join us in cheering them on.

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Leah Anathan
Press Release: The first-ever Afghan Ultramarathon Team

In a country where women risk their safety simply walking alone, two women are training for a self-supported, seven-day race across the Chinese desert. Two Afghan women, along with Free to Run founder Stephanie Case, comprise the first-ever Afghan ultramarathon team. Their first appearance will be at the Gobi March 2015, a 250 kilometer, 7-day self-supported foot race which is part of the 4 Deserts Race Series.

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Leah Anathan