We challenged the running industry to run, walk, or complete other activities to reach a collective distance goal of 35,000 miles. With more than 4,100 total challenge participants, we quickly surpassed the original mileage goal and logged nearly 73,000 miles of activities. Together, we unlocked $30,000 of donations to critical Texas nonprofits.
In collaboration with the Running Industry Diversity Coalition, we selected the following organizations to support through Strides for Progress:
Austin Angels: To walk alongside children, youth, and families in the foster care community by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship.
Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) is a community organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for people who are Black, Brown, and poor. Since 2015, AJC has served as a catalyst for positive change towards economic and racial equity for Austin’s people of color by developing, organizing, and providing robust programs and events
The Lilith Fund provides financial assistance and emotional support while building community spaces for people who need abortions in Texas—unapologetically, with compassion and conviction. Through organizing and movement building, we foster a positive culture around abortion, strengthen people power, and fight for reproductive justice in and with our communities.
The Texas Civil Rights Project: We are lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We envision a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear.
Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund engages people and communities through face-to-face public education, grassroots organizing and, action-oriented research for a cleaner and healthier Texas.
Donations were made possible with the support of Strides for Progress brand partners, including premium partner Body Glide and partners Brooks, HOKA, and OS1st. The Running Event also contributed to the total donation.
These organizations are making an impact in the running and outdoor industries—and beyond.
Big City Mountaineers: We work alongside the transformative power of nature and in partnership with youth agencies to have a positive impact on the lives of young people.
American Trail Running Association (ATRA): Formed in 1996 as a Colorado not-for-profit corporation, our mission is to represent, serve, and promote mountain, ultra, and trail running.
Camber: A community of corporations, nonprofits and small businesses who are committed to accelerating workplace change by creating inclusive cultures, implementing equitable systems and attracting a diversity of talent to their workplaces.
Runners for Public Lands: Dedicated to protecting the people and places we love by organizing runners for climate action, sustainability practices, the protection of public lands, and equitable access to nature.
Here are some ways The Running Event is working toward a more sustainable show: