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Interview: Lawyer Jessica Wright Runs to Empower Afghanistan’s Women and Girls

Jessica Wright/lawyer-Born to Run/Photo: from Jessica

Jessica Wright at Medal Monday, New York City Marathon, 2016

Jessica Wright

By Patricia Caso/January 2, 2017

It seems to me that every marathoner has a unique story to tell. This past year’s 2016 New York City Marathon was no exception. A dear friend told me about Jessica Wright (@jessywright), a 32-year-old American commercial-corporate lawyer who is working in Kabul, Afghanistan and trained to run the Marathon 6,730 miles away, in very challenging circumstances. To add to her intriguing story, as Jessica trained she found an outstanding cause to run for as well.

“I wanted to use my personal challenge to raise money for Free To Run, a group that uses the power of sports to help women and girls overcome the harmful effects of conflict and discrimination.”  Jessica Wright

Through email, Jessica agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to give TWE a look into her demanding life. I still cannot fully understand what it took to undertake the marathon training, much less how, as a practicing lawyer, to maneuver the time. Bottom line: Jessica loves her job and loves to run!   [Read more…]