Black Fitness Organizations Announce National Virtual Run To Fight Racism

Announcement from Black Girls RUN! and The Walk Jog Run Club. Black Girls RUN! wants to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. Walk Jog Run Club is a diverse runner’s club that promotes healthy living.

The Civil Rights Race Series (CRRS) announced the 1 Million Miles for Justice Virtual Run, Walk and Bike Ride #WeAreDoneDying event today in partnership with The Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee and the national running organization, Black Girls RUN!. This virtual event will kick off on June 15, 2020 and challenges the entire community, to include every running and cycling organization, to make a commitment to collectively do a total of 1 million miles in 30 days. The challenge will end on July 15, 2020.

“During these times of crisis, my partners and I agreed that we needed to do more to help show solidarity and encourage change,” says Raynard Lawler, Operations Director CRRS. Racism and pandemic challenges are exponentially magnified during times of crisis. This national virtual event will support the efforts of taking a stand on racial injustices that plague our communities while encouraging everyone that health and wellness should not take a back seat as we deal with a world pandemic.”

Due to the many senseless executions of people of color, CRRS has teamed up with black fitness organizations across the country to bring awareness to police brutality in America. National partners and supporters also include Black Men Run, GirlTrek and the National Black Marathoners Association. This virtual event encourages walkers, runners, cyclists and supporters to register and complete at least 25 miles in 30 days. The purpose of this event is to raise funds and help fight against the injustices in our communities. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the NAACP.

“Black Girls RUN! is proud to be a player in this national virtual,” says Jay Ell Alexander, Owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!. “This event is so important for the climate we are in now to bring awareness to the injustices in our community and have an event that helps to start bridging the gap, breaking down the systemic racism and rebuilding a community we can all be proud of.”

Participants will register for the virtual by committing to 1 to 25 miles for the 30 day challenge. They are encouraged to donate $1 for each mile beyond the minimum goal after they have registered. On June 20, 2020, CRRS will host a live virtual celebratory event to encourage participants and on July 15, 2020, all participants need to upload their mileage to the website. Registration and donations can happen anytime during the 30 day time period.

“Supporting CRRS’ virtual platform of fitness and social justice was an easy decision for us,” says Faith Morris, Chief Marketing & External Affairs Officer at the National Civil Rights Museum. “We all know the health disparities in the Black community and we are continually living the nightmare of injustice. Hopefully, everyone will see this as an opportunity to be fit and focused on making a meaningful difference in this nation and our communities. Bring friends and family and let’s grow in the movement together!”

For more information or to register, please click here.

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