Route offers scenic tour of several historic sites in downtown Montgomery
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Women In Training, Inc. (WIT), a nonprofit organization that distributes WITKITS of menstrual, hygiene and dental products to underserved girls and nonbinary youth, will hold the Women In Training, Inc. 2nd Annual 5K Race to End Poverty. Period! on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, in downtown Montgomery, to raise proceeds for menstrual and hygiene products that serve people in need.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has not only had a devastating effect on our health and our economy, it has also made it even more difficult for girls and women to get the products they need when that time of the month arrives,” said Dr. LaToya Clark, M.D., an OB-GYN at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery who is also the president and chairwoman of Women In Training, Inc. “Women In Training is organizing this race to help ensure that everyone who menstruates can conduct their daily activities in a healthy way, even as this natural biological process runs its course.”
The race is a fundraiser for WIT’s signature WITKITS Campaign to provide menstrual products and hygiene items to young, low-income people who menstruate. Because of the economic fallout from the pandemic, the number of girls and women who cannot afford period products has increased from one in five to one in four, causing them to miss school, class, work or similar obligations because they do not have the products they need. Many girls who struggle to afford period products resort to using paper towels, rags, socks and other items that place their health in jeopardy.
The race will begin at 7 a.m. at the Court Square Fountain on historic Dexter Avenue. Participants will walk or run on a hilly course along the streets of downtown Montgomery. They will enjoy a visual tour of several historic sites in downtown Montgomery, including the church where Martin Luther King Jr. led the organizing meeting that sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Alabama State Capitol where King gave a speech about voting rights at the end of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, and the spot where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus, energizing the civil rights movement.
Since its founding in July 2019, WIT has distributed more than 10,000 WITKITS to girls and women in need across Alabama.
To register or donate to the Women In Training, Inc. 2nd Annual 5K Race to End Poverty. Period! click here. Onsite registration will begin at 6 a.m., just before the race.