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The Midterm Run

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The Midterm Run

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11 CANDIDATES | 6 STATES | 2,018 MILES

One Goal: Raise $3 million to help flip Congress

 

It’s been one year since we ran from Harlem to D.C.  

One year since we responded to the threats posed by the incoming administration by organizing: first a run to raise $44,000 for Planned Parenthood and later a Women's Summit, followed by 5 national events. What started out as an effort of four women quickly grew into a movement of thousands running for all women and ultimately raising more than $160,000.

It’s 2018 now. One year since the #Run4AllWomen. One year since the Women’s March. One year of a Trump presidency.  The stakes are higher.

It's been said that it's the responsibility of the majority to defend the rights of the minority.  Well, three million more people voted for a vision of a country that provided affordable quality healthcare to all. Three million more people voted for a country that respects individual liberties, like freedom of religion, expression, and orientation. Three million more people voted for the vision of a country that values a thriving and equitable economy. Three million more people voted for a vision of America that rejected divisiveness and worked toward national unity. Three million more people voted for a vision of a government that operated as three co-equal branches and not as pawns to foreign or financial influence. We cannot sit idly by and allow indifference to destroy our democracy.  We must stand!  And we must stand with those who are running! And that is why we will run again.

This time, in honor of the three million more people who voted for a different vision of our nation, we will run 2018 miles for 11 candidates across 6 states raising $3,000,000.  The money will go to support candidates that are running to flip a district.

They’re running for us, so we’re running for them.

Join us in the Midterm Run and support these candidates!

#MidtermRun 

Add your name now if you’re ready to join us in the Midterm Run and help flip Congress!

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Our Team


OUR TEAM

Our Team


OUR TEAM

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Alison Mariella Désir

Founder of Run 4 All Women and Harlem Run

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world and featured among The Root 100, Alison is the founder of Harlem Run (an NYC-based running movement) and Run 4 All Women (an initiative that has raised over $150,000 for Planned Parenthood), and just launched the podcast Finding Meaning (on the RUN), available on iTunes, Google Music, SoundCloud and Stitcher.  Alison is currently featured alongside American Ballet Theatre® principal ballerina Misty Copeland, world champion sprinter Natasha Hastings, professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and Chinese taekwondo champion and actress Zoe Zhang (Lanxin Zhang) in Under Armor’s latest global campaign, Unlike Any, which celebrates and honors the unprecedented achievements of female athletes that rise above gender comparisons and stand on their own as marvels of athletic prowess.

Alison has a wealth of grassroots marketing experience as well as expertise in building authentic and engaging communities around health and wellness.  Alison is CPR/AED certified, a USATF level 1 certified coach and an RRCA certified coach.  Alison uses all of these skills and experiences to help others take the necessary steps to create positive change in their lives and find meaning on the run. Alison holds her BA in History, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies, and MA in Counseling Psychology, all from Columbia University.


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crystal mccrary

Strategist

Crystal McCrary is an award-winning film, television producer, director and author. She began her career practicing entertainment law with the New York City firm of Paul Weiss before leaving to pursue a full-time career in writing, directing and producing.  Since that time, she has written for several magazines, published two New York Times best-selling novels, and produced original programming for TV & Film including HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE, GOTHAM DIARIES and INSPIRATION: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World.  She also produced the independent film DIRTY LAUNDRY (FOX Films) and for six seasons Ms. McCrary served as co-creator/executive producer for the NAACP Image Award nominated BET documentary series LEADING WOMEN and LEADING MEN which profiled women and men who have impacted the country socially, politically and culturally. She also created and executive produced the three-part documentary series INSIDE: Black Culture profiling The Studio Museum in Harlem, Evidence Dance Company and Abyssinian Baptist Church. 

Ms. McCrary directed and produced the feature-length documentary along with Amar'e Stoudemire, LITTLE BALLERS, which premiered on Nickelodeon Sports in February 2015.  She also produced and directed the Nickelodeon Sports series  LITTLE BALLERS INDIANA with WNBA ALL-Star Skylar Diggins which premiered March 2017.  She is now in production on a documentary about the history of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Dedicated to and outspoken on education, children’s rights and women’s issues, Ms. McCrary has appeared on several national television shows including Good Morning America, The TODAY Show, and CNN. Ms. McCrary has also appeared as a guest co-host on ABC’s The View.  She has also interviewed President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for her television shows.  Ms. McCrary was named to Crain’s-New York Business Forty Under Forty. 

Ms. McCrary is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and New York University School of Law and American University (J.D., 1995).  Ms. McCrary also studied International European Community Law in Paris, France.  She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.


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Mary arnold

R4AW Co-leader and CRO (Chief Running Officer)

A marketing pro by day and an ultrarunner by night, Mary Arnold is passionate about empowering others through fitness. Over the course of the past decade, she's worked with every major running brand including Nike, Adidas and The North Face, to create marketing campaigns and branded events. Specializing in large scale grassroots activations, Mary spearheaded the logistics and operations for all of Run 4 All Women's 2017 events and she is the founder of Active Brand Consulting.  

As a coach Mary has helped hundreds of athletes achieve their fitness goals and she serves as one of the co-leaders of Run 4 All Women and November Project NYC.  To date, Mary has completed 67 races of a marathon or longer, including (7) 100 mile finishes. She has been ranked Top 100 in the world at the 100 mile distance and is a 13 time Boston Marathon finisher. 


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Jennifer villany

R4AW Co-leader

Jen grew up in Brooklyn, New York and didn’t compete in any sports until much later in life at the age of 37. She started running in 2009 after the birth of her second son, when a friend challenged her to run the NYRR Scotland Run 10k in Central Park. Running became much more than a fitness plan and quickly became a way to find a community of like minded women and a metaphor for life. Later that year she would run her first marathon in Philadelphia.

Since 2009, Jen has run 7 marathons, 3 New York and others in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maine. She has also run close to 20 half marathons on the East and West coast and countless 10ks and 5ks.

In 2017, running would become even more meaningful through her work for Run 4 All Women. Through activism and team collaboration, Jen has enjoyed working with women all over the U.S. to support women’s reproductive rights and raise funds for partner organizations. 


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Ruben Porras

Chief Strategist

In an effort to bridge, build, and better communities around the country, Ruben leverages networks and brings individuals, companies, nonprofits, and public institutions together behind shared interests to address the needs of the underserved, underrepresented, and/or marginalized. He's conceptualized, strategized, and executed national cause marketing campaign that raised money to feed 50,000 students around the country; national and international campaigns that raised money for women's issues; and local campaigns that have improved communities by building playgrounds, gardens, schools, and mentorship programs.

Ruben currently serves as a Board Member of the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City, the Stonewall Community Development Corporation, is a member of the Trevor Project NextGen Committee, and served as a member of the American Diabetes Association Latino Advisory Board.


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Amir Muhammad Figueroa

Content Creator & Strategist

Captain and director of social media management for Harlem Run. Marathoner and ultra-marathoner. Youth advocate and mentor. Core Facility Manager and Scientist for Columbia University’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Among the group that ran from Harlem, NYC to Washington in 2017 and supporter of all things propelling the movement of Run 4 All Women forward.


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Ronald B. Williams

Advisor

Ron is the founder and principal of The PEN LLC, a business talent and advisory agency. He is dedicated to changing the way talent manage their careers and the way firms cultivate, retain, and attract human capital in the marketplace. Since starting his firm in 2013, The PEN LLC has been retained by Bridgewater Associates, American Express, Viacom and others to execute director level and above engagements. Also, Ron is a senior advisor to several top and nascent talent in business, entertainment, and politics.  

Candidates


We run for those who are pushing forward and fighting for women's health and women's rights.  They're running for us, we're running for them!

Candidates


We run for those who are pushing forward and fighting for women's health and women's rights.  They're running for us, we're running for them!

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