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Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan

The Secret Marathon 3K - 2019

Running, Walking and Working Together for Equality

Event Information

Wednesday March 6, 2019 / 6:30 P.M.
Select Cities - Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Fredericton, Red Deer, St. John's, Winnipeg, , Toronto, Barrie, Kingston, Peterborough, Waterloo, Ottawa, Halifax


We want to let you in on a secret. In 2015 for the first time ever, a marathon was held in Afghanistan, a marathon that both men and women were able to participate in but they had to keep it a secret. Why? There are still places in the world where women are not allowed to run or walk outside. However, a community in Afghanistan is courageously carving out a new way forward for the next generation. By creating safe races they are helping to create safe places. We want to help.

Join us for The Secret Marathon 3K run/walk. Held on the week of International Women's Day, this race celebrates our right to be free to run. We're inviting men and women to come together in solidarity supporting the right all humans should have to walk or run free of fear in their community.

Based on the huge success of our first year we are excited to partner for a second year with The Running Room, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) and The Secret Marathon documentary film. By participating you are helping us to share the story through film and by making a donation you are helping to further the work of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Together we can empower women and girls through education and sport.

Make a difference by signing up to participate in The Secret Marathon 3K and inviting a friend to join you today.

To learn more about The Secret Marathon documentary film and our partners please visit

To purchase a copy of the Secret Marathon by Martin Parnell - Click Here


The Secret Marathon 3K Register Now!
Until Mar. 8 $15

Team Registration - 3 Options

Team Captain / Team Member - 3K * Register Now!
Until Mar. 8 $15
2-10 Members - Team 3K ** Register Now!
Until Mar. 8 $30 for 2 + $15 for additional member
10 - 30 Members School Groups 3K*** Register Now!
Until Mar. 8 $150 for 10 + $15 for additional member

  • Online Registration closes Friday March 8th @ midnight.
  • Race day registration is available at site.
  • Team Registration - 3 Options
  • Team Captain / Team Member - 3K
  • *The Team Captain must register first and invite the members to join up!
  • Captains who register for the team events will be sent a password to invite members to register to join their team. Click here for more info.
  • 2-10 Members - Team 3K** - minimum of 2 members for $30 and maximum of 10. $15 for additional member
  • 10 - 30 Members School Groups 3K***
  • For Groups of 10 - 30 students. minimum of 10 students for $150 / maximum of 30. $15 for additional member
  • Teacher registers the school group for the 3K event, enters the names of the students at point of registration.


Schedule of Events

Registration Check-In: 5.30pm-6:30pm
Please join us to check-in if you have registered in advance or to sign-up for day-of-registration. Upon check-in all recipients will receive a specialized race bib to wear for the duration of the race.

Race Starts: 6:30pm
Runners escorted to start line to complete a 3km race/walk. The course will be an out and back with a halfway turnaround point marked at 1.5km. Please note that there will not be washrooms or water stations along the route.

Celebration: 6:45pm -7:30pm
Join us post race for refreshments and Afghan celebration and learn more about the work of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and The Secret Marathon documentary film.

Click Here to visit our FAQ page.

Race Information and Times

Learn More

To learn more about The Secret Marathon documentary film and the Marathon of Afghanistan please visit


In 2016, while filming the second ever "Marathon of Afghanistan," the film team of The Secret Marathon became inspired by the Afghan people and their ability to use the race as a catalyst to reclaim a lost space which provided an opportunity for everyone regardless of gender, age or income to run. Upon returning to Canada, the film team discovered that Canadians don't always feel safe to run at night or in their specific community. Many citizens in this country feel it is too uncomfortable or even dangerous to run, despite our relative safety. The film team wondered if it would be possible to use the same method used in Afghanistan to reclaim a "safe space" for excluded Canadians. Garnering support from The Running Room and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, the "Secret Marathon 3K" was born.


To create a yearly event coinciding with International Women's Day that celebrates every person's right and freedom to safety, to education and to move freely in their community.


Contact Information

For more information please contact Kate McKenzie


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  1. Choose your event! Click on the registration link to go to the secure registration page
  2. Fill out your information on the registration form. Make sure to include your proper email address!
  3. Use your credit card to pay your registration fee! Transactions processed securely.
  4. You will receive a confirmation Email, outlining your application and payment details.
  5. Check the on-line confirmation list above.
  • All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Entry fee does not include processing fee .

Remember to check back regularly for updates on race information!

If you have questions or comments, please contact your Race Director.

Have a great Race!

Fundraising and Donations view more ▶

If you would like to make a donation in addition to your race fee we have selected the charity partner, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan). The goal of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is to ensure effective long-term sustainable education programs for Afghan women and their families and to engage Canadians as global citizens. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. To learn more about CW4WAfghan, please visit

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