Michelle Hamilton / Runners World
The moment seems ordinary: a group of women out for a run in a city. Except that it’s revolutionary. The Saudi Arabian government, a monarchy that follows a conservative form of Shariah law, effectively banned women’s sports for decades. In the 1960s, when the country launched widespread public schooling, it prohibited physical education and sports for girls and barred women from forming sports teams or participating in sporting events. When Jeddah Running Collective was founded in late 2013, the country had no women’s running groups.