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Find New Running Buddies with Black Girls Run

Written on April 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm , by

Toni and Ashley want you to start running with them. (Photo courtesy of Collis Torrington )

Written by Brittany Vickers, editorial intern

One of the best ways to keep your workout on track is to find a fitness friend to share your sweat sessions with. We know sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially if your closest pals are not-so-fitness friendly. If you’re looking for a great way to meet new people and find your sweaty soul mate, Black Girls Run (BGR) may be your golden ticket.

Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, the founders of Black Girls Run, began their journey because they were feeling out of shape after their college years. Three years ago this April they decided they wanted to share their journey, and Black Girls Run has been on the move ever since.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 80 percent of African-American women are overweight. BGR wants to change that, so their mission is to share inspiration and band together to get African American women more involved with health and fitness. But don’t worry, they’re open to any woman joining, Carey says. “The only ones we’re excluding are the boys; they’re going to have to find their own club.” Sorry, guys!

“We want African American women to embrace fitness,” Hicks says. “BGR is about making the things you love better for you.”

BGR’s success continues as they now organize and run over 60 running clubs across the country. The groups cover ground from New York all the way to Wisconsin, down to Florida, and most of the major cities in between.  If live on the East Coast or in the Midwest, head to their site to find a club near you.

Now tell us: Are you in a run club? What do you love most about them?

  • http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp Femi

    I am not in a running club but interested in running to be fit.

  • celester porter

    Im trying to get fit. It’s hard running alone but i am doing it.

  • Traci

    I live in San Francisco. Looking for running partner.

  • Bonita

    Your website is so encouraging. I desire to focus more on my running, build up endurance, and desire to run 1/2 marathon this year. Need motivation. Any BGR plans for Greenville, SC?

  • Vandelisle, sandra

    looking for BGR in queens ny

  • CRiddle

    Bonita, I am in the Greenville SC area and looking for a running partner. 

  • Pam

    San Francisco, looking for a partner.

  • Vivian Stewart

    I’m in the Jamaica Queens area looking for a partner to run with at Liberty Park or Roy Wilkins Park

  • Naijadiva1

    check FB and look up black girls run SF

  • Naijadiva1
  • Naijadiva1

    BGR NYC has a FB page use this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/bgrNYC/?fref=ts

  • Rhill507

    Hi Bonita and C Riddle I am also in SC and I wanted to know if you guys have found any running buddies yet because I am in need of one badly …..

    R. Bean

  • Maryann

    How about Spartanburg? Know anyone there?

  • Spiritual41

    Looking for a walking buddy.

  • Darlene Goodlett

    I live in Southern Westchester looking for a walking/running buddy.

  • Cbodrickbaker

    I would like to join i need to get fit i live in the bronx are there anyone who wish to be a running buddy

  • Wnickey

    Me too! Where in the bronx?