Liberian marathon runner racing past prejudice

By Kate Thomas, Women & Girls

On a recent overcast afternoon in the Monrovia suburb of Chocolate City, 25-year-old Joy Kollie laced up her sneakers. Then she grabbed the hand of her younger sister Love, 22, and the pair began to warm up for a training session.

“I train twice a week,” Kollie said as she stretched. “I love to run. When I run, I feel joy in my heart.”

Running might elicit the kind of happiness for which she was named, but becoming a top athlete in a country like Liberia is no easy feat. Since Kollie began running marathons in 2013, she has won two third-place medals in the Liberia Marathon. But in a country like Liberia, where sport is largely seen as the reserve of men, she has also faced stigma and logistical challenges.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.