ALISON MARIELLA DÉSIR aka Powdered Feet
Passionate about community, mental health and fitness, Alison is an endurance athlete sponsored by Under Armour and believer that sport has the power to change lives. Her nickname “powdered feet” comes from the Haitian Kreyol saying, which describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder. Alison started running distance after a period of depression, and, over the past 4 years, has been able to Find Meaning on the Run. Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport and the world, Alison's running journey started with a blog, powderedfeet.com, and eventually expanded into a transformative movement known as Harlem Run. When Alison is not running, she is working to resolve and speaking passionately about issues related to women and girls.
Most recently, Alison launched Run For All Women, a running initiative created to support women and provide a hedge against political efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. The movement raised over $103,000 in just 30 days - more than double the original goal. Alison led the 240-mile relay from Harlem, New York to Washington, DC from January 18th - 21st with hundreds of runners and supporters along the way donating supplies, food, time and encouragement to the Run For All Women team.
Alison has a wealth of grassroots marketing experience as well as expertise in building authentic and engaging communities around health and wellness. Alison is CPR/AED certified, a USATF level 1 certified coach and an RRCA certified coach. Alison uses all of these skills and experiences to help others take the necessary steps to create positive change in their lives and find meaning on the run. Alison holds her BA in History, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies, and MA in Counseling Psychology, all from Columbia University.