It was only 2 short years ago, on September 15, that founder Cristal Logothetis began her crowd-funding campaign and put out a call to collect baby carriers that she hoped to bring to refugee families in need. In the past 24 months CTF has evolved into an organization that can quickly mobilize to meet urgent needs. As our volunteers continue to bring baby carriers, we also provide diapers, baby beds and essential items to refugee families. To commemorate reaching 2 years, Carry the Future is hosting a virtual Race for Refugees, where volunteers can show their support by participating in a 5k, 10k, or half-marathon.

One volunteer in particular, Gabe Joyes, was inspired by the challenging plights of refugees who are parents and decided to sign up to participate in Carry the Future’s upcoming Race for Refugees in a very big way: by running 100 miles!!!

Remember, you don’t have to run 100 miles to take part. You can run, walk, skip, hop, rollerblade, row, sashe or whatever else your heart desires to complete your Race for Refugees goal. Also, while many of our volunteers will be racing on 15th September, you can sign up and complete your race at your convenience since it is virtual! Sign-up today as registration is $25 and takes on ly a few minutes!

We had a chance to chat with Gabe and talk about his motivation for joining this race and how he’s hoping his miles can make a difference.

What motivated you to sign up for the Race for Refugees?
I was inspired by my cousins, Erin Leonard and Tina O’Connell, who are involved with Carry the Future. I’m always inspired by people who dedicate themselves to making positive change in the world, and my hope is that I can do my own very tiny part to support them. As a parent, I also empathize refugees, as I have two daughters of my own: Cora is two years old, and Ella is five. The challenge of trying to provide the best for your children while fleeing your homeland must be unimaginably difficult. I appreciate that Carry the Future works to provide relief for parents and families in such dire situations.
How do you hope running this race will make a difference?
Sometimes running feels inherently selfish. I hope that at least in some small way my running can be a force for good – hopefully I can inspire others to participate in Race for Refugees, or maybe even to donate to Carry the Future, or find some way to get involved.
Why did you choose a 100 mile event?
I chose Run Rabbit Run 100 because it is a challenging and competitive ultramarathon in the beautiful rolling mountains around Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I enjoy running long distances near beautiful lakes and spending time with the wonderful ultra-running community.
How have you been training for the race?
I consider myself very lucky to live in Wyoming right next to the rugged and remote Wind River mountains. The best way to prepare for a long day of running in the mountains is to spend lots of long days running in the mountains. I run six days a week, usually for an hour or two, but sometimes as much as eight hours at a time. Spending time in wild places is just part of my family’s culture, as we regularly enjoy hiking, exploring, and camping together.

Thank you Gabe for joining our amazing team of international volunteers who stand up and make a difference!

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