NC NOW was proud to support the first Feminist 5k event, which included a blocked off route, and chips to keep track of time with fancy start/finish lines. Participants were invited to run/walk/roll the Feminist 5K, which began at Chavis Park in Raleigh on June 17, 2017.
A popular and welcome outfit theme was Wonder Woman!! A group of women came in Wonder Woman outfits (red shirt with gold, short blue/white skirt), and here’s a photo of another woman with a Wonder Woman shirt and Miss North Carolina sash!
The official count was 245 participants, with lots of great community organizations represented (including NC NOW and ERA-NC Alliance). Kathy O’Donnell organized about 20 incomparable volunteers (including NC NOW and Women’s March On Raleigh women). We raised $3700 for the Women’s Center of Wake County. In addition, generous race participants donated a full station wagon and half a hatchback of personal supplies, food, and clothes for the women served by the Women’s Center.
The Feminist 5k was successful and it was exciting how many women (and children and some men) came to support the event and feminism. As event organizer Lisa Grafstein wrote,
“At its best, feminism is about equal dignity and respect – the simple idea that women are people and no person is less than any other. The current wave of progressive activism, including the Women’s Marches that took over cities all over the world, is a continuation of the fight for equal dignity for all, and an affirmation that if you show up to participate in something larger than yourself, you belong – and that our visibility matters.”
I was inspired to watch so many participants stay and cheer on others as they made it to the finish line. (See fancy finish line in the picture with the ERA-NC interns.)
We were lucky it was overcast, but didn’t rain until we were pretty much packed up and on our way. It was a very well organized and inspiring morning.
See announcement of event, including the event flyer, at “Feminist 5K Run and Walk – Jun 17, 2017.” NC NOW members got a discount if they used a special code at this event. We also included the event in NC NOW’s May/June newsletter, available at “NC NOW Newsletter May/June 2017.”