Bound together by a desire to protect the unborn, a passionate runner and her two dedicated friends are gearing up for the conclusion of an almost fifteen-month journey across the United States.
This Sunday (October 15), Anna Hoduski will make her way to the Lincoln Memorial after an almost 3,000-mile journey from Kansas City that began July 23, 2016. Anna ran the first 1,700+ miles, biking the final 1,000+ miles due to a knee injury. Supported by her team of Sarah Hoduski and Megan Maier while sacrificing time, sweat, and her body, Anna has undertaken this effort in order to raise awareness about the evil named abortion and to call people to action.
Her endgame is to help ring the death knell signaling the final evil gasp of this country’s genocide of babies. In the words of Anna, “This Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, we hope to celebrate that there is hope. We want to let people know that they are not alone in the fight to end abortion. All across America, we have met pro-life people who are rising up. Abortion will end, and people are ready to unite and see it end.”
The first leg of the journey found Anna running from her hometown of Kansas City to Los Angeles. Due to a leg injury, she was forced to switch to a bicycle for the second leg from Kansas City to Washington, D.C. Her cross-country mission will culminate in a planned rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this Sunday at 7 p.m.
Speaking with PJ Media, Anna recounted some of the obstacles and difficulties she faced in her trek across the country:
While running and biking across America, there definitely have been times I wanted to stop. One was when I had to run Monarch Pass. This pass had an elevation of 11,312 feet—the highest elevation of the whole project. It was a twenty-mile ascent and as I was running it, rain began to fall which shortly turned into sleet and snow. Switchback after switchback and mile after mile, we persevered, until finally, we reached the summit. Another time I wanted to quit was in California. The California Department of Transportation had denied us access to I-15 (the only route available), so I had to run beside it through the desert sands and cactus. The up-hills were so steep that it hardly felt like I was running and the down-hills so sharp that I was stumbling over myself trying to keep my balance. As I stumbled down one in particular, my legs were caught in cactus and cut until they bled. I actually ended up falling into a ditch. I just sat there and wondered why I was doing this run.
God was the only reason I kept going. I knew He was doing a work for the lives of the unborn that I couldn’t understand. I had seen Him work in so many ways despite the difficulties: a doctor volunteering to do medical work for a pregnancy center, a pro-choice young lady becoming a pregnancy advocate, a group of elderly women begin sewing baby quilts, a church rise up to support women in crisis-pregnancy situations, children collect change to support unwed mothers, and so much more.
Taking over fifteen months to run and bike across the country is quite a feat and reveals Anna’s level of devotion to defending the lives of the unborn. She acknowledged that “many people in America claim that they are pro-life. As I grew up, I also claimed being pro-life, but I hardly acted on it.”
Throughout her journey, obstacles have cropped up. Anna and her team’s steadfastness has helped them faithfully deal with vehicle problems, people angry at their cause, and inclement weather. Grit and dedication are admirable traits, especially when the object of the expended energy is the defense of the innocent. Moreover, as important as personal strength is, “we have relied on God to see us through,” Anna confesses. “He has provided [us] with mechanics who fixed our van for free, rangers to guide us through snow storms, protections and safety from people who don’t agree, and provision for our every need.”
As she has made her way across the country, Anna has taken the time to speak in nearly seventy venues about abortion, with the goal being “to educate and activate others into the equality movement for the preborn.”
Her actions have already begun to bear fruit, both in her own heart and in the hearts of those with whom she’s had the pleasure of interacting along the way. “There have been so many people along the way who have helped me see why God has called me to do this run/ bike ride,” she told PJ Media. “People are so blind to the atrocity of abortion. … I see them change right in front of me. Because of our journey, there are pro-life people all across America who are now active when it comes to the issue of life. They are now standing as beacons of hope for the futures of these children.”
You can learn more about Anna Hoduski and Project If Life by clicking here. Even better, if you find yourself in the Washington, D.C., area this Sunday, come meet Anna and her team for yourself at the rally being held at the Lincoln Memorial at 7:00 p.m.