Jul 10, 19

500 Tribe athletes to run the world’s toughest island race to support victims of human trafficking


Five hundred athletes, alongside sports nutrition brand Tribe, will tackle the ‘world’s toughest island race’ this winter.

They will be covering 280km over six days across a set of volcanic islands in the mid-Atlantic, belonging to The Azores in Portugal to support victims of human trafficking in the UK. The run was created by Tribe’s Freedom Foundation, a registered charity devoted to offering support and rehabilitation to victims of human trafficking.

Run for Love III succeeds 2013’s maiden event, a 1,000-mile challenge that raised £300,000 for child trafficking charity Love146 and 2017’s 2,000km duathlon across Eastern Europe in a bid to help eradicate modern-day slavery. The third instalment aims to raise a minimum of £250,000 for the Tribe Freedom Foundation with all runners raising a minimum of £1,000 each. With 150,000 attendees over the three events, this ongoing journey of the Freedom Foundation - the experiences, dedication and, above all, passion to endure these running challenges for good – contributes to the vision of a world free from slavery and trafficking.

The Tribe community will be joined by Tribe’s three co-founders, former City workers and lifelong friends Guy Hacking, Rob Martineau and Tom Stancliffe, as they look to complete the seemingly impossible: Run for Love III.

Running between November 23 and December 1, 2019, athletes will be covering 46km/29 miles per day, while climbing a total elevation of 13,000m in extreme terrain and heat. This will see the runners run farther than six marathons and scale the equivalent of Mount Everest 1.5 times over the course of the week.

Half of the £250,000 fundraising target raised by Tribe’s Freedom Foundation will help trafficking charity Ella’s Home, who offer rehabilitative support for women exiting situations of trafficking and exploitation. The latter half will be donated to Sheffield-based charity Snowdrop Project, who provide long-term follow-on support for survivors by working one-to-one, ensuring complex personal needs are met.

Key challenges include navigating 30-degree inclines in mountainous regions, wild bats, volcanic eruptions, wild tropical Atlantic storms, extreme weather conditions and Atlantic-force gusts at high altitude.

The event sold out within 24 hours, as more than 50 people signed up for the full 280km course, however, places are still available for a final day half-marathon across stunning volcanic landscape.

Tom Stancliffe, Tribe co-founder, said: “After laying the foundations with Run for Love and Run for Love II, we have raised over £500,000 that has helped fight human trafficking in the UK through our Freedom Foundation registered charity. However, the battle is still not over with 13,000 people living in slavery across the UK, and our mission is not complete.

“We are immensely proud to have 500 of our most dedicated athletes run the distance in Run for Love III for such a huge social issue. We hope the funds we raise will make a huge impact on changing the human trafficking landscape. As well as supporting victims of human trafficking, we can help create a framework for the reporting, prevention and intervention of modern-day slavery.”

To be a part of the Tribe community and take on the challenge of a lifetime, registration details can be found on the Run for Love website: http://triberunforlove.com

Run for Love II can be tracked on social media via #TribeRunForLove. Run for Love III’s dedicated microsite, TribeRunForLove.com, will also run a GPS-tracking interactive map alongside regular team updates, videos and images

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