Afghan Ultramarathon Team to Take Part in RacingThePlanet: Georgia 2021
Raihanna is originally from a rural province in Afganistan where she grew up as a shepherd. In 2013, she moved to Kabul to attend university. In Kabul, she started pursuing work in media and discovered Free to Run. She ran her first marathon in 2017 and then continued on to volunteer as a Community Development Leader. Today she's the chief editor of a weekly news publication in Kabul and also works as Free To Run’s Kabul Programme Officer. Raihanna says that “Running makes her feel free”
Sakina was born in Iran because her family had to flee the war. She returned to Afghanistan in 2004. She enrolled in high school and upon graduation started pursuing a degree in engineering. Unfortunately, she was not able to continue her degree due to the financial constraints of her family. In 2018, she heard about Free to Run through her younger sister who was enrolled in one of our programmes. She joined Free To Run’s training program and has since served as a Community Development Leader for several programmes and has run four marathons in Afghanistan. Today, Sakina works as an intern for the Northern Afghanistan programme where she is able to learn administrative and programme implementation skills.