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WATCH: Free To Run

Human rights lawyer and ultrarunner Stephanie Case organizes an all-women expedition in Afghanistan with Free to Run. Here is their unforgettable story.

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Free to Run is a 30-minute film, supported by The North Face, that documents the road of human rights lawyer Stephanie Case, Free to Run’s founder and president, and competitive ultrarunner.

After completing the 205-mile Tor des Géants (TOR330) race four times, Stephanie Case’s next goal was the TOR450, all while working behind the scenes to organize an all-women expedition in Afghanistan with Free to Run. These women include Zeinab and Zahra, who represent not only Free to Run’s ethos but the spirit of many other women in Afghanistan who believe in education and progress. 

Free to Run is an international nonprofit organization with the following mission:

To enable women and girls to safely and boldly engage in outdoor activity in conflict-affected regions. Through a combination of sports programs, life skills development, and community outreach, we help females to reclaim public space and change views about the roles they can (and should) play in a society. Our programs are designed to develop community leaders who can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines. We work to provide our participants with the tools to succeed because they can and will be a force for positive change.