Running can help end slavery? Yes, here at Love True we like raising awareness and funds in a variety of ways, and our running team is a part of that. Chloe is the director of the running team. We talked with her recently about how fighting human trafficking and running in races can be connected.
Can you describe what the running team is in a few short words?
Chloe: In short, our running team is an opportunity to take on a challenge and use that as a platform for raising awareness and funds. You commit to doing something hard and ask others to support a good cause in honor of your efforts. It's a win-win as one can achieve their physical goals while simultaneously raising funds and awareness to fight sex trafficking in New Jersey.
Why a running team, and who can participate?
Chloe: What I love about running is how much it mirrors life and faith. By offering the opportunity to run for Love True, we are giving you the opportunity to fight both physically and philanthropically for something you believe in. And our team is open to all! With committing to fundraising comes personalized coaching from our nationally certified running coach (alternatively known as me).
What is it like to cross a finish line not just for yourself but for an organization like Love True as well?
Chloe: It gives you the knowledge that the hours of training and the pain of racing are so much bigger than yourself. Knowing that by crossing the finish line, there is a young girl out there that much closer to receiving the care and healing she needs from a life of hell makes the struggle so very worth it.
How can someone join the running team?
Chloe: They can start by emailing me at email@example.com with their interest. I then send out a form to fill out so I can evaluate their goals and needs, and then if necessary, begin personalizing a training plan for them. I also work with them to get their fundraising page up and running, and equip them with tools for spreading the word about their efforts. hey can also fill out the form here.
The running team just had a big race, can you tell us a little about it?
Chloe: e did! Team Love True came into the Baker's Dozen Half Marathon on March 25th as one of the biggest charity teams there! We have 6 participants, and to put this in perspective, each team was capped at 8 members. Collectively, our team raised $2,131 through their training, all of which will go to our restoration home fund.
Are there races coming up?
Chloe: Someone wanting to run for Team Love True can run in any race of their choosing, at any time. That said, we do from time to time as team have team races, and in late September there will be our 5th Annual Trek Against Trafficking race. Those who commit to any distance and raise a certain minimum amount will be entitled to free registration! More information will be coming up soon. I also have a dream of recruiting a team to run the a relay through the entirety of New Jersey, but that idea is still in dream-only status.
What excites you about the future of this team?
Chloe: I firmly believe that with enough momentum and excitement, Team Love True can fully fund New Jersey's first restoration home for teenage victims of domestic sex trafficking. And that alone is exciting enough to join the movement, literally and figuratively.
We’re excited about the growth and work the running team has been doing. As Chloe said, if you would like to get involved in the running team you can go to the running page or contact Chloe at firstname.lastname@example.org. And as Chloe also mentioned we have our annual Trek Against Trafficking on September 30th, sign up here to join the fun!