In 2012, runners from around the country, whether in their first 5k or 15th marathon, are joining together to run for a common purpose, to take big strides in the fight against human trafficking. We'd love for you to join us in this commitment to run for their lives. There are a number of ways you can get involved.

1. Sign up to run a race--any race at any place and any pace.  Once you've signed up, visit the Love146 Run for their Lives donation page to join a team and begin raising funds to help end child sex slavery and exploitation. While each team (DC, Southeast, Southwest, West coast) is set up with a specific race in mind, you do not have to participate in that specific race in order to join the team. Just choose a team that suits you, set up your personal donation page, and you're off and running.

2. Train with the cause in mind. We've created a challenge on dailymile to run 146 miles in support of Love146 and the battle against human trafficking. While there is no monetary component to this, no matching gift that springs forth when we each hit the 146 mile marker, we thought it would be a great way to provide some purpose behind our training, to offer encouragement through connection, and to track our collective miles. If donations come in as a result of our efforts, fantastic. But that's not the driving force behind this particular challenge.

3. Educate yourself on the issue. Here on the Run for their Lives blog, we're planning several posts addressing the issue of human trafficking and highlighting the efforts of abolitionists. A wealth of information is available at Love146 as well.

4. Donate. Whether you want to support a specific runner or team or just make a general donation, know that 100% of your donation will go directly to Love146 in their efforts to prevent child sex slavery and to provide aftercare for victims.

If you have questions about the above, as well as any ideas or feedback, we'd love to hear from you.  You can contact us at mylestonesblog at gmail dot com. And, if you are participating and have a blog as well, please send an email with your name and blog address so we can add you to our list of runner-bloggers!

Thank you so much for your support as we turn small steps into high hopes in the battle against human trafficking!

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