Since 1986, One World Running, has collected, washed and sent athletic shoes, along with T-shirts, shorts, medicine and school to developing countries.

Originally called Shoes for Africa, the group was formed after sports journalist Michael Sandrock returned from a coaching and racing trip in Cameroon, West Africa, sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency. Many of the runners from Cameroon ran barefoot (and were still able to beat Sandrock).

Afterward, several Boulder elite runners including Lorraine Moller, Steve Jones, and Arturo Barrios began shipping shoes to West Africa. The project has grown since then under the directorship of Ana Weir, an ER nurse, who was named a 2005 Hero of Running by Runner’s World Magazine.

The process.

Receive

Receive

We collect and inspect the shoes that come from our Drop-Off locations or sent directly to us.

Wash and Sort

Wash and Sort

Once we collect the shoes we take them to a local Boulder Laundry to wash and are later on air-dried and sorted.

Distribute

Distribute

All the shoes in good condition are shipped to Africa, Central, and South America, as well as to shelter, churches, Native American reserves, and Military recruits in the US.

The shoes that are not suitable for use are recycled to be ground up and made into running tracks and playgrounds through the Reuse-a-Shoe program.

Mission

One World Running is an international program promoting an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world. We also put on 5K walk/runs to foster an enviroment of exercise and to increase understanding and goodwill between people.