Black Men Run | Leadership Team

Jason L. Russell 

Why I Run ———-

I run for my father who is my hero and the epitome of Black Men Run. Now, in his early 70s, he has been running for 30+ years and is more active than anyone I know at his age. He has an incredible drive and lust for life that I attribute to his commitment to running and a healthy lifestyle.

In August 2012, I had the honor to run with him for the first time in a 20k relay race sponsored by the Atlanta based Running Nerds group. Our team finished in the top fourth all of the competitors and I am sure we were the team with the highest average age out of all of the groups. Moral of the story is that you are never too old or young to start running, and that running is a life long journey. This is why I run.

Edward Walton – CMO

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Why I Run ———-

I run because that is all I know. I have been a runner since I was a child. I participated in youth running from elementary school to grade school, from grade school to high school, from high school to college and from college to the US Navy team. Running for so long has changed it from exercise to a lifestyle. It brings me peace, clarity, allows me to de-stress and gives me the personal space I sometimes need in such a busy and noisy world.

Running as allowed me to meet new colleagues, teach and train others who want to run as well as competing against some of the best athletes to make myself better. It allows me to maintain my health and wellness, things that so many people take for granted. Running allows me to set a new goal every time I “go for a run.”

I have competed in 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons and full marathons. I have run races at night; I have run races in different countries. I run as much as I can.  I run with my two sons in mind, as I have always wanted to be a good role model for fitness and accountability for my health. This is why I run.

Michael Stinson – National Captain 

Why I Run ———-

 

I run because I needed to take control of my life. In 2011 I was morbidly obese at 330+ pounds. In August of 2011 after seeing pictures of myself at a business function and wondering, “Who’s that fat guy?” I had to face the facts. I started out doing 5 minutes a day on my treadmill. Mind you that was 2 minutes jogging and 3 minutes walking because it was all I could handle. Eventually I increased my time and endurance. 6 months later I tried outdoor running for the first time and had to get used to moving my body for 30 minutes at a time with a combination of a walk/run.

Fast forward to September 2013 and more than 100 pounds lighter I completed my first half marathon. A month later after getting tired of running by myself I looked up the question, “Do black men run?” little did I know I would come across the most amazing brotherhood I could have hoped for.

Through running I improved my health, became part of a healthy brotherhood and even met my wife (who is also a runner). I owe a lot to running and this is why I run.

Brian Roberson – Director of Technology 

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Why I Run ———-

I run because being active is essential to my well being.  What I love about running is that it’s a constant challenge.   If at any point it gets easy, I just run some more until it isn’t.  I’ve always been athletic and played basketball growing up, but after so many years of running on the basketball court, or “purposeful” running as I liked to think of it, I needed a change.  Jason and Ed were runners from the start that urged me to start running years ago, and I finally took heed and ran in last year’s (2013) HBCU 5k. I wasn’t immediately hooked, but found it to be one of the more inspiring events I have been a part of. My casual observance began to change and now running is on the short list of activities I enjoy, along with weight training, swimming, basketball, hiking, and hot yoga.  I enjoy the brotherhood and shared purpose of BMR brothers and supporters. BMR and running is turning me into a runner for life…for my life. This is why I run.