Welcome to Running For Refuge

We run because we like to, but not everyone has a choice. Join us on our mission to support refugees through running.

What We Do


Running for Refuge hosts and organizes running events that build community around running and social justice, funneling fundraised dollars towards non-profits that help uprooted people directly.

We partner with non-profit  organizations that have extensive first-hand experience supporting refugees to ensure that the work we're doing is worthwhile and helpful to the communities we aim to serve.



60 Million people around the world have been uprooted and forced to flee their homes as refugees. 

110 children from Central America alone are forced to flee their homes every single day, traveling an average of 1400 MILES to the U.S. border. That's equivalent to  running more than 53 MARATHONS.

Looking Back and Moving Forward


90 miles across Vermont, 200 miles across Cape Cod, and 100 miles of trails on Mt. Ascutney...  Through these events, we've raised awareness and funds for new Americans. And we're not stopping now.

Running for Refuge is now starting a series of virtual Runs for Refuge so that runners can support and join us from anywhere in the world.


Why we #runforrefuge


“I #runforrefuge because I am embarrassed by my country’s response to the refugee crisis - at a time when we should all be reaching out, the West is choosing to close its doors to vulnerable immigrants. And I think that needs to change.” 

-Grace R. {United Kingdom}


"I #runforrefuge because when my family decided to migrate to Germany because of the insecurity in my home country, Afghanistan, I along with my siblings and my mom gave everything up to seek a better life. However, every day and night that we tried to pass the borders was hopeless. The borders were all closed and we had to come back. While coming back, I was separated from my family and deported to Afghanistan. I don’t want anyone else to go through the bad and horrible experience that I went through.”
-K {Afghanistan}


"I #runforrefuge because I have been lucky enough to never have to worry about where I will sleep the next night or if my little brother will be able to receive a good education. I hope that by running a few miles I can support a crisis that is much bigger than myself."-Liana GN {NY, United States


"I #runforrefuge because this country has always been a beacon for refugees and immigrants and in recent years, it's become much less so. Now it's up to us, ordinary citizens, to decide to stand up for what this country has the potential to be." 

-Alex P. {VT, United States}


"I #runforrefuge because there are currently approximately 65 million people who aren't as lucky as I have been. This is my small contribution to standing in solidarity with and bringing awareness to these 65 million people."

-Lucia W. {NY, United States}


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