In 2009, Black Girls RUN! was created by co-founders, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community while providing encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. Their mission: to encourage ALL (especially African-American) women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle.
When asked what was the inspiration behind BGR!, Toni said, “Black Girls RUN! is a movement that inspires women to be active and healthy and find the importance of self-love. This is what inspires me to continue to hit the pavement and making sure that BGR! continues its mission of supporting women.”
Ashley added, “[BGR!] is not just about running, but its a lifestyle. We want women to be healthy and active, but most-importantly live a holistic life. BGR! motivates women on and off the pavement, and inspires me every day in knowing that BGR! is that special something to keep women moving.”
For more information or to find a local BGR! group near you, check out www.BlackGirlsRUN.com.
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