In the fall of 2020, Selemon (not his real name) received an email announcing that a marathon race would be held in the Czech Republic. As an Ethiopian-born long-distance runner living in Europe, Selemon had been training throughout the pandemic. Like many of his peers who rely on prize money and appearances for a living, he’d been struggling. His bank account was drying up, and his resolve was weakening too. Here, finally, was an opportunity.