Written on July 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm , by Karla Walsh
First up, the pair behind Black Girls Run.
- 28, Norfolk, Virginia
- 28, New York City
Toni and Ashley want to start a running revolution. While they hope to inspire all women to get active, join running groups and find fun, nearby races, they are especially passionate about getting women of color in the game. As they note on their blog Black Girls Run, 80 percent of African-American women are overweight, and as a result, are at higher risk for chronic diseases. All they need is a little sweat-spiration.
Post-run eats “A veggie burger is really filling but doesn’t feel like I’ve ‘undone’ my workout.” — Ashley
Tech tips “I don’t think I could make it through my workouts without my Nike+ and Pandora apps to keep me motivated and energized. Music is what gets me through long runs.” — Toni
Medal-winning running gear “CW-X compression tights are amazing and I love to run in Mizuno sneakers for their great fit. The Wave Creations are my current favorite.” — Ashley
Locker room treats “Deodorant is key. You have to be fresh!” — Toni
“I always stock Yes to Carrots cleansing wipes and body butter to freshen up a bit and keep my skin moisturized.” — Ashley
Written on April 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm , by FITNESS Intern
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?