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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

Secret Marathon FAQ's

  • What is the Secret?
    • The route of the original run, the 2016 Marathon of Afghanistan, had to be kept a secret in order to keep everyone, including the runners, organizers, and supporters, safe. The route for the runs continue to be kept a secret to help remind us that there are women and men every day who face great risks doing something as simple as running or walking. The most powerful secret, and the one we should openly share, is that as individuals and communities we have the ability to come together to end inequality by participating in or just supporting this great event.
  • Is this run just for women?
    • This run is gender and age inclusive supporting the universal human right to move freely in our community. We invite all persons to join us in creating communities where everyone feels safe to go for a run or a walk regardless of their gender, race, religion or ability.
  • Is the race fee going towards charity?
    • The race fee will support production of The Secret Marathon film as well as covering the expenses of the race. The film will provide the opportunity to share the story of the Afghan Marathon and the courageous men and women who were part of the race. The film's goal is to raise awareness about issues of equality, but it is not a charity. Learn more at www.thesecretmarathon.com
      Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) is a charity whose work encompasses empowering women and girls through education. Donations to CW4WAfghan provide charity tax benefits and can be made upon race registration or at the race itself where CW4WAfghan will be present.
  • Why are military invited to this race?
    • In the Marathon of Afghanistan the military helps to keep participants safe from terrorist attack. We have invited members of the Canadian military to participate in our race to remind us of the privilege we have as Canadians to be in a country free from war and to acknowledge the service that many military members have made towards Afghanistan.
  • Is this a family friendly race?
    • We welcome families to participate in the race/walk and those wishing to participate with strollers, wagons or dogs may do so, being mindful of the other participants. We hope the event will be a wonderful discussion starter for families to talk about global issues together.
  • Will this race be chipped or timed?
    • This race will not be chipped or timed. The focus of the race is to build community and raise awareness. It is meant to be an accessible race with a distance that is accessible for as many people as possible.
  • What if I can't participate in this race, is there a way to be involved?
    • We welcome individuals to help us as volunteers in providing guidance to participants, greeting participants and helping with set-up and take down. If you are interested in volunteering please email us at thesecretmarathon3k@gmail.com We also welcome support in the form of donations.
  • Can my company be involved?
    • We welcome partnerships with local businesses and organizations who would like to support the event. If your company is interested in being our local food, beverage or venue sponsor please contact us at thesecretmarathon3K@gmail.com with subject line "Partnership Secret Marathon 3K."
  • Will there be a post race event?
    • Each location will have a different post race event. Some of our locations may feature cultural dances or musical performances. Our goal is to have tea served, in each location. As tea is traditionally served in Afghanistan as way to welcome others, sharing tea together at the post race event will provide a symbolic way to break down barriers and stereotypes and build stronger communities dedicated to creating spaces where everyone feels free.
  • What is the hashtag for this event?
    • #TheSecretMarathon
  • What if I don't live near one of the cities but want to hold my own Secret Marathon 3K?
    • For Individuals, groups and schools who can't get to one of the 18 cities but want to hold a Secret Marathon 3k at 6.30pm Wednesday, March 6th we have established a "Virtual Location" registration option. By using this option we will be able to see the support, around the world, for this incredible event.
  • What if my school wants to participate?
    • If you would like to participate with your school or youth group please contact us
      at thesecretmarathon3K@gmail.com and we would be happy to assist you. School groups are welcome to join us at any of our official locations on race day or, if it is more convenient, school groups may join as a Virtual group and run during the school day. Teachers can also access our new teacher resource as of Jan.1, 2019 at www.thesecretmarathon.com/3krace

      Please email us to request advance copies of our waiver form for minors. Teachers can register groups of ten students at a time by entering the teacher name as the primary contact and adding students to a list. For schools wishing to register more than ten students please enter as many additional groups of ten each marked with your school as required. If your school is in a low income neighbourhood and requires a subsidized entry fee please email us at thesecretmarathon3K@gmail.com to learn how you can participate.

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