Wondering if many you are familiar with this group? They've recently gained national attention on CNN and in Runner's World magazine. It's a great group! If you're a marathon runner like me, or someone who would like to start to run or jog or just getting active, there's probably a local chapter near you! They have a website and Facebook page! I'm part of BGR Tampa and love the group. This group was also instrumental in me being in the Dec. 2011 Ebony magazine because Ebony saw the online article they did on me in 8/2010 after my Figure Competition.
Here's a few links:www.blackgirlsrun.com https://www.facebook.com/BlackgirlsRUN?ref
This is their Mission statement:
Black Girls RUN! provides a community and inspires black women who run and encourages more black women to run.
There’s a huge misconception that black women don’t run.
The goal of “Black Girls Run” is to encourage and motivate black women to practice a healthy lifestyle. For those women who consider themselves well on their way to being the next Beyonce, we want to serve as a fitness resource for runners and gym rats alike, as well as provide tips and commentary on staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
But we also want to start a movement to encourage aspiring Beyonce’s, to get off the couch and get active. According to a 2007 National Center of Health Statistics survey, “23.8 percent of black girls ages 12-19 are overweight, compared to 14.6 percent of white girls the same age.” The report also found that “51.6 percent of black women ages 20-74 are considered obese, compared with 31.5 percent of white women.” We can make a lot of excuses as to why these numbers are the way they are, but excuses never solved an epidemic.
So, we’re here to make a change, and we hope you are too. There’s a lot to talk about and a lot of calories to burn, so be sure to sign up for automatic alerts. Let the training begin.
DISCLAIMER: Okay, so we know “Black Girls Run” implies that this blog is only for…well….black girls. It’s not. We just happen to be two black girls who dig running and hope to change the shape (no pun intended) of the statistics above. So if you’re black, white, purple or pink, we encourage you to follur blog too. After all, we women have to stick together.
Edited by: TIAGAYEPFA at: 5/19/2012 (17:16)
Praise Yahweh for each day!
Co-Leader Spark Tampa Team
Personal Running Bests:
5k: 24:53 (10/10)
10k: 53:00 (9/10)
15k: 1:26 (4/10)
Half Marathon: 1:49 (2/12)
Full Marathon: 4:02 (1/11)
1st Triathlon (6/12)
Featured in 12/2011 Ebony Magazine.
Online Nutrition Coach: Ruben (Sparkname FLEXCHEF) @ Fit To Be In Your Kitchen. Yummy food, eat to lose, learn for life!!!