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The first ever Afghan Ultramarathon team complete the Gobi March 2015.

Naina* is a refugee from South Asia, living in Hong Kong. She isn't allowed to work or even volunteer... but she can run. Through running, she finds her strength and is able to look ahead to the future. This is her story.

Free to Run's participants in Bamyan complete a 10km and marathon race, defying increased attacks by the Taliban. The event took place in Bamiyan Province, a largely peaceful area known for the giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

Hong Kong does not give refugees a permanent home - people fleeing wars and persecution can spend years in the city, hoping to find sanctuary in a third country. As a result a growing number are turning to sport to help cope with the mental toil of a life in limbo.

On Saturday, April 9, Iran hosted the International Pars Marathon - but women were banned from taking part. One brave woman, Mahsa Torabi, a Free to Run Ambassador, decided to run anyway, sending a clear message to Iranian officials, and building a significant fan base along the way.

2016
Jezebel, May 10, "The woman who broke the rules and made history by running the first international marathon in Iran"
Runner's World, April 13, "Iran holds its first marathon, but women are excluded"
"Free to Run BURCS Trail Races," 3 January 2016.
"Female Superheroes," January 2016

2015
"Trailer Female Superheroes," December 2015
Radio Free Europe, October 16, 2015 "Runners From Around The World Race In Afghan Marathon"
The Old Gold & Black, October 20, 2015 "Afghan student feels "Free to Run" in Spartanburg, at Wofford"

The Guardian, October 25, 2015"Donkeys, watermelon, and high-level security: running Afghanistan's first ever marathon"
The Guardian, October 28, 2015, "Afghanistan's female marathon runner defies danger to go the distance"
The Guardian, October 28, 2015, "Afghanistan's marathon woman- video"
Daily Mail, November 9, "Afghanistan's first international marathon: Runners compete under high security provided by masked men with assault rifles (and dodge sheep in the middle of the road)"
BBC Persia, November, "Charity marathon to combat thalassemia"
South Africa FM Radio, November, Sports Special
Runner's World Australia, November, "Free to Run" [online link not available]
Outside Magazine China, October, "Free to Run" [online link not available]
Runner's World China, October, "Free to Run" [online link not available]
Trail Running Canada, 16 September, "Free to Run: An Interview with Stephanie Case"
Women's Running UK, 21 August, "Free to Run: Women living in conflict-affected areas given freedom to run"
ITV News, 20 August, "The first ever Afghan ultramarathon team complete the Gobi March 2015"
First Run, 1 July, "Sport has the power to change lives and communities"