Our inaugural Race Across America for Trauma Awareness logo
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Run For It, Not From It.

Compassion Prison Project (CPP) is very pleased to announce our Inaugural Run Across America for Trauma Awareness (#RAAFTA) fundraising event in partnership with Be The Good. The objective is to run a cumulative 3,000 miles. Only by joining together can we reach our goal. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to run, walk, stroll or roll in the great outdoors to support this much needed cause. CPP’s mission is to transform our nation’s prisons, currently places of repetitive traumatization and isolation, into centers for healing and education. Our focus is on Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) awareness, with the intention of bringing trauma-responsive training to all prisons.
Map showing how far across America the community has run
Registration is $10 with an option to also purchase a t-shirt. If you’d like to join in and the registration fee is a concern, please use the promo code “FREERAAFTA” during registration for free entry. All proceeds from the $10 registration fee and monies raised through your sponsors (friends, family, business colleagues) go directly toward supporting CPP’s mission.

Do I really have to run across America?

No. You are welcome to if you’d like, but the idea is that in working together collectively with friends, family, co-workers, and people you don’t know (yet), we can accomplish great things, like running 3,000 miles in one week, and facing adversity even when the task seems daunting. Because together we are strong.
Purchase an event t-shirt and support the cause!

Check out the cool shirt!

Our awesome designer, Morgan Emmess, has created yet another great logo, and you can sport it around town on your event shirt if you elect to add one to your registration. Once you get your shirt, snap some photos of yourself running, walking, rolling, or strolling on social media using the hashtag #RAAFTA.


June 19th , or Juneteenth as it is known to many, is a day of celebration marking the end of African American slavery in the U.S. CPP recognizes this day as a historic moment in our country’s history when so many people finally began the process of healing from this generational trauma.
Incarcerated man with hands in the air celebrating

Together, We Can Reach Our Goal

The Run Across America for Trauma Awareness is an opportunity to move and enjoy nature while at the same time fundraise for a worthwhile cause. Our goal is to raise $25,000 in support of our mission of providing our incarcerated brothers and sisters with the educational and remedial tools they need to help shift the paradigm and heal from childhood and generational trauma.

More FAQs

Anywhere you want it to be! Throughout the week of Saturday, June 19 to Sunday, June 27, 2021, you can run, walk, or wheelchair as many times as you’d like for as many miles as you’d like. Using the the free ItsYourRace app*, your miles will automatically be recorded and added into our cumulative event miles. You can do your runs anywhere you’d like.
*If you are unable to use the ItsYourRace app for mileage tracking, you have the ability to enter your mileage manually (on the honor system).

The IYR app syncs with the event. After you are registered, click the link below to find out more information about the mobile app and how to use it for tracking your RAAFTA event (that’s cool lingo for Run Across America For Trauma Awareness). You can also upload photos from your own personal course, or share a selfie at the end of each run/walk/roll!

Participants will be able to go the extra mile with a personalized fundraising page to help support CPP’s mission. If you’re not up for participating but would still like to help Compassion Prison Project run our programs in prisons and transitional houses throughout the country, please consider a donation. There are 2.2 million men and women incarcerated in the United States today. 95% of them will return to our communities. We want them to return as healthy citizens, able to thrive and contribute to society in a positive way. We want to supply them with knowledge and tools to heal. We want to put an end to generational trauma.

Make a Donation Today
Once you complete your registration, a personalized fundraising page will be automatically created for you. From here you can set a fundraising goal or you can keep an open goal, and you can share your personal link with friends, family, groups, co-workers, etc. to help support the many beneficial projects at Compassion Prison Project.

What Your Money Will Accomplish:

Supports correspondence regarding ACE quiz data collection and the initial phase of the Book Projects from different prisons.
Trains volunteer letter writers so they can correspond with incarcerated individuals.
Provides four prison residents with interactive workbooks which accompany our in-prison video series “Trauma Talks.”
Trains a Compassion Trauma Circle Facilitator so we can continue to share the circle with our global community.
Contributes to running a four-hour Compassion Trauma Circle with a follow-up open discussion with a trained therapist.
Trains one facilitator for our 6-week Trauma Curriculum for incarcerated men and women.
Produces a CPP podcast episode that is shared globally to spread awareness of childhood trauma.
Produces CPP Healing Toolbox videos that are shared within prisons and on tablets to support the incarcerated.
$1,000 - 2,500
Publishes a book of art, poetry and stories created by incarcerated men and women in a single prison yard.
Supports the production of one episode of our educational and remedial video series “Trauma Talks,” to be shared with all prison residents.
Supports the development of our Correctional Officer trauma-informed training.
Develops our Adopt-a-Prison initiative.
Provides piloted 6-week Trauma Curriculum for one prison yard (approx. 800 men or women).
Supports CPP operations for an entire year.
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Fritzi Horstman

Founder and Executive Director


Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of Compassion Prison Project. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College.

Run Across America for Trauma Awareness