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Marathon Man: The Secret 3K

The Secret 3K run/walk, is an event held annually during International Women’s Week to promote equality. It started in 2018, in 10 cities across Canada and has grown every year.
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Students from Ecole Notre Dame des Vallees participating in the 2020 Secret 3K. Submitted Photo

The Secret 3K run/walk, is an event held annually during International Women’s Week to promote equality. It started in 2018, in 10 cities across Canada and has grown every year. Supported by the Running Room, The Secret 3K has raised funds for incredible groups such as the Marathon of Afghanistan, Girl Guides of Canada and Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

Last year we had over 3,000 women, men, girls and boys from around the world participate. The event was held at 15 cities across Canada, but we also had 26 Virtual Run Leaders and participants from countries including US, UK, Australia, Germany, Macedonia, Uganda, Portugal, Myanmar, Argentina, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. We even had several schools participate, during the day, with 3K events.

One of those schools was Ecole Notre Dame des Vallees in Cochrane. This school has supported the event every year and the 3k run / walk takes students, parents and teachers on a route along the beautiful Bow River.

This year The Secret 3K is being held on Wednesday, March 3rd and we are very excited to announce that The Marathon of Afghanistan will be our Charity Partner. The Marathon of Afghanistan started in 2015 when the first Afghan women to complete a marathon, Zainab, ran the 42.2kms in Bamyan, Afghanistan in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains. While she was training, Zainab had to endure verbal abuse and rocks being thrown at her but this did not stop her from achieving her goal.

Since 2015 the race has grown from 150 participants to over 800. However, for it to continue growing the event needs an electronic timing system and funds raised will go towards this.

This year The Secret 3k will look a little different. Due to COVID-19 it will be totally virtual. So what does 3k look like? Well it’s 3,750 steps or a 40 min walk. Pick a route and head out on March 3rd. Everyone is invited to participate so please head over to thesecretmarathon.com and sign up today.

We can all run / walk 3k for freedom and equality.

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