Black Girls RUN! Foundation
Black Girls RUN! increases equity, justice, and belonging for people outside by creating a safe space for African American women to participate in the sport of running no matter where they are on their fitness journey. We live the mantra of leaving no woman behind and promote community, sisterhood and unity.
Our organization was created to combat the obesity epidemic among women in the African American community because that is where the disparities lie: Four out of five African American women are overweight or obese. We are here to confront this epidemic, which is disproportionately affecting our Black community.
Running can be an expensive sport, so Black Girls RUN! provides support and resources that equip and empower women across the country to start on the right path to become the best version of themselves. Our organization helps people adopt a healthy and active lifestyle through offerings including but not limited to training programs, nutritious snacks, clothing and shoe stipends, race registration scholarships and professional development opportunities.
To address the current social climate, Black Girls RUN! created the eRACE Racism Virtual Challenge in 2020 to show the world that we run together against discrimination, prejudice, and racism. We believe that real change occurs when you team up and reach across racial lines.
We believe equity is important because all people deserve to experience the outdoors regardless of race, gender, age, body type, and/or socioeconomic status. No one should live in fear of being judged or harassed because they take up space in the outdoor community. An active and healthy lifestyle should be afforded to all, because our health is our wealth.
To learn more, visit https://blackgirlsrun.com