Black Men Run + Saucony = Runner of the Month – July 2017
Congratulation to the Saucony + Black Men Run | Runner Of The Month for July, Mr. Kenn Woods from BMR Raleigh Durham. Thank you to Kenn and his story can be read below:
“I was diagnosed with Leukemia on August 16, 2001. The cancer formed a mass on my spine and left me paralyzed from the waist down. I would spend the next year in a hospital bed not only fighting cancer, but also battling the thought that I may never walk again. Every night, the prayer was the same… “God give me my legs back and I’ll never take them for granted again.” I beat cancer in 2002 but would spend several years learning to walk again.
My weight ballooned to 285 pounds due to years of inactivity so I decided to start running to help get it under control. My first race was the 2013 Charlotte Turkey Trot. It was so much fun, I decided to make the huge leap and train for the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon. I trained for this race completely on my own. My finishing time wasn’t impressive but that didn’t matter. I WAS A RUNNER! Only thing is I never saw anyone that looked like me. That changed at the first Charlotte Race 13.1 in 2015. I was immediately drawn to a huge group of brothers in a circle. I observed the way they would interact with one another both at the start and finish line. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before during a race.
I was running a race one year later and a voice yelled out my Instagram screen name. It was the BMR Raleigh Durham captain Matthew Thompson. When I crossed the finish line these guys embraced me like we’d been running together for years even though I was a stranger. I love BMR and everything this healthy brotherhood is about. I’ll never have to run alone again!”
Black Men Run + Saucony = Runner of the Month – June 2017
Congratulation to the Saucony + Black Men Run | Runner Of The Month for June, Mr. Tahir Bradley from BMR South Jersey. Thank you to Tahir and his story can be read below:
“I started running cross country in my freshman year in high school. At the time I could barely run a mile but I decided it would be fun. By the end of my freshman year I made the varsity team and was running a sub 5 minute mile. I went to a school in the city of Newark NJ that didn’t even have its’s own track . We ran intervals in the local Y for training. When I was finished high school our track team from the inner city with no track won a couple of state sectional championships. Two indoor state championships and two outdoor state championships. I went on to run in college and did well in the 800meters and the 1500 meters. After college life hit me. I moved to Boston for a couple years for work and then moved back to NJ where I started a family. I was running off and on for about 10 years but nothing serious.
Fast forward to 2012 I decided to run the Marine Corp Marathon. I trained for this mostly on my own and that was hard. I had a hard time running the race and about 20 miles in I was physically and mentally broken down when another brother tap me on my shoulder and said lets go and he never left my side until we finished. This was my first encounter with the brotherhood. Six months after that I was invited to my first BMR unity run in Cooper River Park in August 2013 where I met Michael Stinson and the BMR crew. I ended up joining the BMR Philly chapter where Mike was the captain. From this point my training and health has changed. I have gone from weighing as much as 230 pounds down to 179 currently. I went from running 300 miles a year to average 1200 miles a year. BMR has provided me with new friendships and has helped me change my diet and how I train. I love running and I love this running group. BMR for life”
Black Men Run + Saucony = Runner of the Month – May 2017
On behalf of Black Men Run and Saucony we would like to congratulate Luther Isaac on being the first Black Men Run + Saucony “Runner of the Month” for May 2017. Luther is out of our Black Men Run WASHINGTON, D.C. chapter and his story is told below:
Back in the late 60’s I tried out for my high school track team. After a few practices and drills my coach came to me and said he was going to start a cross country team and I would be a perfect fit. During that time very few high schools in Washington, DC had cross country teams. I told the coach I wanted to run the 100 or 200. He told me I was not built for sprinting, but would excel in distance. I quit the team, and did not run again for about ten years.
I was a young Marine home on leave when a friend mentioned he had been training for months for a marathon he was running the next day. I told him I would run it with him. We ran, I did really well and enjoyed the experience of distance running. Soon thereafter I started running distances. Later I started entering into races and running for the joy of running.
When I joined BMR DC in 2015 the love of running really kicked in. I really did not know how I was going to fit in because I was 10 to 40 years their senior. In the end, it didn’t matter because BMR has a Mission Statement that I had been yearning for, for more 40 years and I am finally experiencing the camaraderie of other Africa American men that’s promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit resulting in ” A Healthy Brotherhood” which I am finding to be a wonderful life experience. #blackmenrun
Black Men Run + Saucony
We are excited to announce our partnership with Saucony as the official shoe of Black Men Run. This partnership will allow Black Men Run to spread its message of “A Healthy Brotherhood” to the world working with Saucony leveraging their global reach and technologically superior running products. This is the first time that an African American all-male running group has ever created a partnership of this type with a shoe company and more details will be coming soon so stay tuned.
In the meantime, we invite everyone to sign up to become a Saucony Product tester. It only takes a few moments to register and when completing the form the last question on the signup page asks, “Is there anything else you would like to share about your running habits and the shoes you wear?” please write “Black Men Run” in that field so that the BMR runners can be easily identified.
Product Testing Link – http://www.saucony.com/en/
Black Men Run – The photo shared around the globe.
This photo was taken at the Rock N Roll race in Phoenix on January 14th, 2017 and has since been viewed over a million times through social media and on broadcast television all over the world. The original photo was posted on the Black Men Run Facebook fan page and the back story can be found here:
“This is John Wilkie. He is 73 years old. He had a bad fall shortly before the 13 mile marker at the race yesterday. This support and I were able to pick him up and walk him across the finish line, so I could get him to the medal staff. He had a big gash in his head that required stitches, but he was in good spirit. Once they got the bleeding under control, I got his Finisher’s Medal and stayed with him until they said they had it from that point.” – Nathanael Dillard #blackmenrun#nomanleftbehind #ahealthybrotherhood
Black Men Run – 2016 Year In Review
2016 was another banner year for Black Men Run becoming the first and only African American all male running organization to be featured in Runner’s World magazine in the history of the publication. We supported multiple charitable causes including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, received numerous accolades from the global running community, and were featured in a Wall Street Journal article along with other African American fitness groups. A huge thanks to all of our runners and supporters. Our goal is to keep striving for the best and motivating health and wellness in the name of “A Healthy Brotherhood” in 2017 and beyond. #blackmenrun
Black Men Run featured on the BBMTV
Check out the interview by the Black Biz MKT featuring the crew from Black Men Run Atlanta. We will continue to support https://blackbizmkt.com/ because their mission is to profile African American businesses around the country which is greatly needed in our community. #blackmenrun
Black Men Run ATL on WAOK 1380 AM
Shout out to CBS radio affiliate WAOK-AM in Atlanta for allowing BMR ATL to come and speak tonight live on the air. While the interview was brief the opportunity was greatly appreciated and gave us another chance to spread our message to the masses. Check out the full interview below.
Black Men Run App 3.0
Black Men Run is happy to announce the most advanced running app ever created. The BMR 3.0 app has been over a year in the making and is posed to revolutionize fitness applications. The application was built by Black Men Run for anyone looking for a new and exciting running app experience. The Black Men Run app is full of new features like: New “Run” screen and music controls, New leaderboard with “Bragging Rights” videos available for the top 3 spots that resets to a fresh leaderboard every Sunday – Podcasts with more mixes from BMR DJs – “BMR Vision” with the ability to post videos customized videos to Facebook – Panic mode that sends a text with your location to your emergency contacts – In app chat rooms for every chapter PLUS a main chat room – ACTIVE network integration to search for upcoming events in your area – Photo gallery’s for each chapter and many, many more features. Download today by searching the AppStore for “Black Men Run” and your running experience will never be the same again.
Black Men Run & Legend Compression Wear Create Partnership
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Denton NC, United States – January, 20 2016
LEGEND™ Compression Wear happily announces its partnership with Black Men Run, founded in Atlanta, GA. Black Men Run’s mission is “to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit resulting in “A Healthy Brotherhood”. The partnership is designed to help both organizations grow and to support one another on a common mission to promote health and wellness amongst runners and all individuals.
“Our relationship with Black Men Run is one that we are very proud to be a part of,” says President and Founder John Thomas, “We look forward to supporting BMR in the community, through online and offline marketing, to help grow awareness about the movement they are creating.” LEGEND™ and Black Men Run will be teaming up at various races throughout the year to support one another, and in addition LEGEND™ will be providing BMR with its highly regarded LEGEND Compression Performance Socks and Leg Sleeves to be awarded to the “LEGENDARY Runner of the Month” each month during the year.
Black Men Run’s Co-Founder and CMO (Chief Motivational Officer) Edward Walton comments, “We only partner with companies that have great products, and LEGEND™ has the best when it comes to compression.” Walton is optimistic about the partnership’s future, as both companies are making a bet on one another for collaborative growth. “LEGEND is a personal project for me. I like the product and I like the people, and I look forward to how the relationship expands in the months and years to come.”
Read the entire press release here – http://legendcompressionwear.com/legend-announces-black-men-run-partnership/
Black Men Run 2015 Year In Review
As another year comes to a close we look back and see the impact that Black Men Run has had on the world. The group went from an idea to a concept on paper to a website to a movement fueled through word of mouth, social media, and being highly visible at races all across the country. Check out the “2015 Year In Review” video and please share so that everyone can see that we are doing positive things in the community taking care of our health and setting examples for others regardless of race, creed, or color. The best is yet to come you’ll and we are honestly just getting started. #blackmenrun
Black Men Run Trenton 2016
To say that Black Men Run’s first time participating in the Trenton 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon was a success would be an understatement. The unseasonably warm morning started out with a show of fellowship like never seen before. For a lot of the BMR runners it was their first time meeting each other outside of rooting them on through social media. Many had travelled from all over the country for the race to claim the coveted BMR signature medal. What made this medal so precious is that this event marked the first time that an all African American male running group has ever received a custom medal for a race of this size in the history of road racing in the United States.
The fist pounds and hugs were numerous and it was almost like a family reunion of sorts. Once everyone started to settle down the runners lined up for the group photo showing the collective power of the organization. You could feel the energy in the air as the runners lined up with their pace groups alongside their BMR brothers and off they all went into history. Everyone (even those who did not make it to the race) should be proud of what the group accomplished on that day because running this race is something that generations will hopefully look back on as a pivotal turning point for African Americans participating in road races in this country.#blackmenrun
Black Men Run – Trenton Takeover
Black Men Run working in conjunction with the Trenton Half Marathon, 10k and 5K is excited to make a major announcement. For the very first time, run any of their races on November 7, 2015 and earn double bling! Anyone who registers using the link below will get the custom Black Men Run Finisher’s medal along with the Trenton Finisher’s medal. During the race you will travel some of the more beautiful portions of Trenton via a course that was designed specifically runners. This course will tour the historic district; take you over the World Famous, Trenton Makes The World Takes Bridge into Morrisville, PA, then back into New Jersey over the Calhoun Street Bridge. Sign up here – http://www.trentonhalf.com/registration_bmr
Black Men Run Product Review – LifeBEAM
LifeBEAM product review by the CMO – At Black Men Run we are all about technology and how it can improve a runners performance. We often get our hands on some cutting edge products and the newest one that we are most excited about is the LifeBEAM hat. What makes this different from your regular running cap is that it acts as a heart rate monitor that measures the number of calories burned and your cadence. The LifeBEAM hat interacts with most fitness mobile applications and ANT+ running watches through a Bluetooth sensor that is built into the front of the cap. What this means is no more chest straps replaced with this sporty hat that can be worn year round. As always BMR has you covered with a discount on the product. Use the code “blackmenrun” for 10% off of your purchase. Click Here To Purchase
Black Men Run Atlanta runs with Kevin Hart
Recap video from the “Spontaneous 5k” that occurred yesterday in Atlanta. Thanks to Kevin Hart for the recognition and Black Men Run was honored to be his pace group and we will continue to support his initiatives around health and wellness in our community and beyond. #blackmenrun #RunWithKevin #RallyWithKevin
Black Men Run & the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
Black Men Run is proud to announce a first-of-its-kind partnership with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. The relationship focuses on the Run.Walk.GO! series which includes two 5K races, an 8k, and a 10K throughout 2015. The series, which incorporates various routes along the Atlanta BeltLine, draws participants from ages and fitness levels. Read More Here
Black Men Run – 2014 Year In Review
2014 was a banner year for Black Men Run. Thank you to all of our runners and supporters for your tireless efforts. We will continue to grow with your support making a difference in our community and beyond. Check out the video recap; you will probably spot someone that you know! #blackmenrun
Black Men Run – Holiday Toy Drive | NYC
On any given day, on any given path, you are sure to see a member of BMR running. We smile, nod or offer a word of encouragement as we seek to reach our individual goal of a healthier more active lifestyle. Many of us don’t realize that we have become exemplary examples of manhood in our collective communities.
This year the New York City Chapter became more than a Healthy Brotherhood of Runners we embraced our civic responsibility by joining forces with S&S Productions and Freeport High School 21St Century Program to make this the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! We donated gifts to over 100 children at the New York City, Salvation Army of Harlem on Saturday December 20, 2014. The children left with gifts and the parents left with one less worry for Christmas. “It warmed my heart to see all the smiling faces” stated BMR Member Rhony Dostaly. Black Men Run NYC Chapter Captain, Kovon Flowers, was overwhelm with happiness and promised to return next year as Santa Claus.
The Brotherhood is more than a community of runners; we are a beacon of hope that continues to foster and develop our communities’ rich traditions and healthy living. We are the Men of Black Men Run NYC Chapter – http://blkmenrun.com/new-york-city/
Black Men Run – App Leaderboard Contest
To celebrate the release of the Black Men Run app, the group created a contest where the top 3 runners on the leader board won a prize. The results were amazing….
Black Men Run – USA Today Interview
Thank you to USA for the feature on African American running groups in the USA and for the mention of Black Men Run. Check out the article here – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/29/running-boom-black-americans/19395921/
Black Men Run App – Developer Interview
Running for Health and Unity | Video Interview | BMR NYC
Black Men Run | One Step @ A Time | Never Quit; Never Give Up | Michael – BMR Atlanta
I’ve been on this weight loss journey seriously for 9 months now, and if I can do it anyone can!! After a long 2 week vacation I felt I hit my bottom. I was up to my highest weight of 306 lbs. I knew something had to change because I had been running and lifting in the gym since 2009, with no significant results. At that point I had to sit back and think of a plan this time, after so many failed attempts to lose weight and get fit. My 1st goal was to stop drinking alcohol for 100 days, since I felt this was one of the main reasons I would eat unhealthy and miss scheduled workouts. At that point I joined Black Men Run in Atlanta and also registered for the Publix Half Marathon which was taking place approx. 3 months down the line. This gave me another goal to reach in the meantime. Black Men Run provided me with a forum to ask questions about running, weight training, diets and healthy fitness in general. I used those resources coupled with a few others, to come up with a workout and nutrition plan that suited me and my goals. My initial goals were simply to be consistent. Now my goals are to consistently get better. My advice to anyone trying to lose weight or get fit would be first and foremost to concentrate on your nutrition. Know what you’re eating before you eat it. Workouts are easy, while the real challenges are faced in the kitchen. Be patient because it is not a race!! If I can do it anyone can!! WARNING!! ONCE YOU SEE RESULTS IT MAY BECOME AN ADDICTION!!
Start Weight: 306 lbs. Current Weight: 228 lbs. Instagram/Twitter: @mr26point2
Black Men Run | One Step @ A Time | Moving At The Speed of Health| Sean – BMR Baton Rouge
I’ve been active in exercising for years, with some success. But I could not find a proven method that would stick. Upon taking my company physical earlier this year in February 2014, I had ballooned up to almost 300 pounds. I knew I had put on weight, but didn’t realize I had put on 40+ pounds in a year. Also, the results of the physical showed a little high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and elevated triglycerides along with dark spots on the back of my neck and under my arms, a sign of insulin resistance and possible pre diabetes. I knew I had to do something. So, I figured if I stepped up my workouts, I can lose the weight. One day in the gym, I was approached by a guy who sees me work out and invited me to run in downtown Baton Rouge. I started running and let’s just say I wasn’t the fastest or endurance stable guy out there. My first time running it took me 45-50 minutes to run a 5K. After a couple of weeks, I was approached by a member of Black Men Run Baton Rouge to join. I joined on Facebook and started running. The support from all the brothers is amazing and great. The motivation they bring is just phenomenal. Around this time, I also started modifying my diet to incorporate less carbs and incorporate more protein and veggies. I started seeing improvements in my figure and started lasting more in racing. Around July, I started tracking my runs with the Nike Running app and started clocking my 5Ks at around 35-37 minutes. I not only ran group runs, I started running solo around my neighborhood to gauge how I needed to improve. My time started gradually improving and even managed to shave my total time by a couple of minutes (around 32-33 minutes). I also started to notice changes in my size and started to fit into clothes I couldn’t fit into for a long time. The last weekend of September I accomplished my first racing goal: finish a 5K in under 30 minutes (27:58 clocked by the event time clock). To date, I have lost so far around 25 pounds and even am seeing a surge of energy when I workout in the gym. I now run at least 5 times a week and may even run 2 times on a weekend day. This month, I have a goal to run 75 miles total. next month, I will begin to train for a 10K that I will be running in February. I realize I still have a long way to go, but I’m on my way…and hopefully by next summer I will be around the 215 pound mark and begin training for a half marathon.
Meet Black Men Run | Changing lives since July 2013
Black Men Run | One Step @ A Time | Transformation | Mikal – BMR Birmingham
Black Men Run (BMR) has helped me tremendously. I am always inspired and encouraged every time I meet up with the brothers from BMR. I really appreciate them for encouraging me to run my own race and pace, even if I have to walk. When I first started attending the BMR meet up I was running a 12:00 min/mile average pace. This week I was able to run 4 miles at a 9:58 min/mile average pace!! Something I dreamed of being able to do since high school. The BMR meet up has become the highlight of my week.
In March of 2013 I hit my all-time high of 320 lbs. I was finishing up my degree at the time and I didn’t want jobs to discriminate against me because of my weight. At that moment I made the decision to weigh 250 lbs. by my graduation in December of 2013. I ended up weighing 240 lbs. at my graduation. The journey was very hard and I had many injuries/hardships, but I made it. My exercises during this time period consisted of H.I.I.T. bodyweight workouts and running (couch to 5k). I currently weigh (August 2014) weight is 219 lbs.
I continue to run and lift weights so that I can be an example to my children. I want running and general fitness to be a part of their personality so that they will never have to go through what I did.
We rock HEAVY MEDALS!
Did you know that in a 2011 survey conducted by Runner’s World magazine polling 12,000 respondents African Americans only accounted for 1.6 percent of “Core Runners” (people who tend to enter running events and train year-round). We think that it is about time to revisit that statistic with the amount of “Bling” in this photo. #disruption #heavymedals #blackmenrun
Introducing the BMR “Dash”
Introducing the Black Men Run DASH Compression Sock – Black Men Run in conjunction with Swiftwick, the leader in sock technology and compression gear, is proud to announce the Black Men Run DASH compression sock. This product has been months in the making and was designed to meet the compression needs of runners by providing unprecedented support with a design that will make you stand out from the crowd. If you are a runner or walker and have never worn compression socks the benefits are plentiful. Compression technology has been proven to limit swelling, help with blood flow, reduce calf strain, aid in faster recovery times and reduce muscle soreness. They can also protect your legs from small scratches, abrasions and nasty things like poison ivy on the trail. The Black Men Run logo is embroidered on every pair and this is a limited quantity product sold in Medium (Men’s shoe size 6 – 9.5) & Large (Men’s shoe size 10 – 15)
Runners around the world rejoice – There is now a Black Men Run singlet that is sure to keep the competition on their toes. This Black Men Run “BEAST” is designed after collegiate track uniforms and features the Black Men Run logo on the front and “BMR” on the back in the signature digital vinyl red and black colors. This singlet is made of the lightest highest quality moisture wicking material available which makes it perfect for long runs or races where the competition is fierce. This is a limited edition product.
Black Men Run featured in Rolling Out Magazine
Thank you to Rolling Out magazine for featuring Black Men Run in an online version of their publication profiling the recent victory of Meb Keflezighi and his impact on the organization – http://rollingout.com/health/black-men-run-jason-russell/
Black Men Run featured in an article on Healthy Black Men
Big shout out to Healthy Black Men @BlkMenUSA for the great article on Black Men Run and the group’s phenomenal growth. We are truly “Brothers on the Move!” Check out the complete article here –http://healthyblackmen.org/2014/04/07/healthy-brotherhood/
Black Men Run presented “The Legacy Series”
We run for those that came before us and those that will come after. Black Men Run presents “The Legacy Series”. This line was created to honor African American fraternities and their impact on our culture today, tomorrow, and forever. Each shirt is made of high quality dry fit material like all of the other Black Men Run merchandise which is excellent for running/working out and will be sure to help you stand out from the crowd – http://blkmenrun.com/gear/
Black Men Run Resolution at the Georgia state capital
On Tuesday March 18th, 2014 the founders of Black Men Run received a commendation in the form of a Resolution presented at the Georgia state capital sponsored by House Representative Roger Bruce. To our knowledge this is the first time in history that an all male African American running group has received this type of acknowledgement. Thank you to everyone that helped make this happen and the document can be viewed here #blackmenrun –http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/HR/1894
The Power Of A Post – Black Men Run Atlanta | 100 Miles and Running
On Saturday March 15th the power of a Facebook post and the bond of a Healthy Brotherhood was put on display to the masses. It started with one simple challenge in the Atlanta Black Men Run Facebook group from a member asking everyone to get out and run with the goal being to hit 100 cumulative miles by the end of the day. The timing was important because the initial post was made early enough in the day that it was seen by the majority of the group who sprang into action. What happened next was amazing.
The group took the challenge to heart and one person after the other went out for runs and started to post their distances which motivated other runners in the group to go out and start logging miles for this impromptu cause. The truly remarkable thing about this is the only real motivation was a challenge set forth by one person for health and wellness that spawned into a sort of “flash mob” all-out assault on trails, roads, and parks all over the city of Atlanta. The 100 mile goal was easily eclipsed at around 2pm by the runners and after that things got a little crazy. As the day went on the miles grew at an astounding rate. They distances skyrocketed from 156, 164, 170, 174, 185 to 188 and on and on. At the end of the day and only 14 hours later; the goal was smashed with a whopping 238 miles tallied.
If you look at the numbers from a statistical standpoint the 238 miles equates to:
- The distance between Atlanta, GA and Morgantown, NC
- Collectively burning a whopping 10,773 calories
- 502,655 total steps taken during the 14 hours by all of the runners collectively
While the Black Men Run organization may still be in its infancy; the group has become a major force in the Atlanta running community and beyond. Stay tuned for much more from the organization #blackmenrun
Black Men Run | London
The movement for “A Healthy Brotherhood” has spread across the Atlantic to the UK and we are now international with the launch of Black Men Run London! Please continue to support and lets keep moving until we cover the globe #blackmenrun #theworld – https://www.facebook.com/groups/BMRLondon/
Black Men Run | Mix Tape Series | SMASH 10k Mix by DJ Terrace Melodic
We are excited to release the next episode of the Black Men Run SMASH mix tape series. This time DJ Terrace Melodic (@atlterrace) goes all the way in for a brilliant 10K mix that is sure to help you set a PR during your next training run or race. All BMR mixes are FREE so be sure to stream, download, and share #blackmenrun –http://jruss.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-13T07_55_42-08_00
Black Men Run | Radio Interview Snippets | 900 AM WURD
Members of Black Men Run had the honor to be interviewed by Dr. Richard Cooper on 900 AM WURD in Philadelphia telling personal stories of how the group has impacted their lives. Check out snippets from the interview and be sure to share. #blackmenrun
Black Men Run | One Step @ A Time | #noexcuses
The growth of Black Men Run has been magical and we always love to share wonderful stories from our members. This story is especially inspirational and we think that it is an honor to have Andre Slay represent our organization. The story was written by Andre and tells his journey with his main goal being to get more people off the couch and out running. When they see him it leaves them with #noexcuses
Andre | Black Men Run Little Rock
My name is Andre Slay, and I am part of Black Men Run in Little Rock. As you might know there is something different about me than most runners, I am an amputee from the ankle down. I was involved in a motorcycle wreck in 2006, when doctors tried to save my foot but couldn’t, I was left with no other choice but to have them amputate. My life changed instantly, I grew up in the “war zone in Little Rock, where the bloods section and Crips section met. Many people leave my neighborhood in death or in handcuffs, my mom did her best to make sure that didn’t happen to me. While growing up I saw my love and passion for airplanes, and even though we could afford to take flying lessons she would give me model planes to keep me excited.
When I lost my foot at age 24 I was very close to getting my pilots license. Since the accident I have been accepted back to pilot status, I currently fly a jet part time for our former governor Mike Huckabee. And I also work part time for Delta Airlines. While working, I met a Gold Olympian named Jeffrey Glasbrenner and he told me I should run to show support to the victims in Boston. I told him I used to be a sprinter and I haven’t ran since high school and I also told him that I couldn’t afford a running leg which are $25,000. He said if I was interested I could use his and that he had a spare.
Once I started running and getting the technique down I realized that I could keep up with people with two feet. My first race was a full marathon when before that my longest run had been 8 miles. In Colorado Springs Colorado, I was on tap to finish at 5:15 but got hurt and finished in 7 hours, but I met the 8 hour qualifying time for athletes with disabilities section.
Since then I was have been sponsored which led to me receiving a new leg and I am set to appear in runners world magazine to inspire and talk to kids like me, who are less fortunate. I talk to them about flying and getting out of the hood and making something of themselves. Recently I was asked by Kijana (Little Rock running captain) to become a member and the group is great!
Black Men Run the MLK Day 5K #throughglass
In an attempt to push the boundaries of technology and fitness; the MLK Day 5K on January 20th, 2014 in Atlanta, GA was run wearing Google Glass. To our knowledge this is the first time that something like this was attempted and it provided a unique perspective into the race using this cutting edge piece of wearable technology capturing video and photos before and during the run. #blackmenrun #throughglass
Black Men Run | 2013 Year In Review
2013 was an amazing year for Black Men Run and this video is a brief recap of our journey from an idea to a national and soon to be international movement. Thank you again for your support and helping us to spread the word!
Black Men Run | Growth & Expansion Across the United States
Black Men Run is now representing from sea to shining sea with the addition of the Bay Area group! Check out the heat map and we will not be satisfied until the entire USA is covered in the BMR logo! Support the Bay Area page today and please continue to spread the word.
Black Men Run | One Step @ A Time | Brotherly Support
As we continue to spread across the country the wonderful stories of how Black Men Run has impacted lives keep pouring in. Each day we grow to understand that Black Men Run is more than a running club, it has become a lifeline to so many in our community.
This past Spring, I quoted myself saying “If you don’t give yourself the energy to exercise, you’ll never receive the energy to exercise”. All too often people like myself who have a desire to be more active, keep making excuses on why we aren’t exercising, and somehow expect the time to exercise to carve itself into our busy daily regimes. It simply won’t happen that way. I am a IT rep for a major company here in Memphis. I am on my feet at least 70 to 80% of my day. I assumed that this “daily movement” would suffice as my “exercise” that I knew my body needed. Then something began to happen….stress. The daily demands of managing incoming phone calls and emails, coupled with unforeseen system errors and corporate deadlines can be damaging to ones mental stability. So many unhealthy choices began to surface as a way of escape, offering only a temporary relief to a potential permanent issue. I had to do something, and quick! I began to reminisce about when I was serious about getting healthy, balancing weight lifting with cardio activities. I remembered how good that made me feel. So I started running after work. My goal was simple, work my way up to running a consistent mile.
After a while I started feeling proud of my progress, and began posting my results online. By the summertime I could run a consistent mile, and the time was improving. Unknowingly on the other side of town, a close friend of mine, Roland Woodson was creating a local Memphis extension of the Atlanta founded “Black Men Run” fitness group that would help men like myself have a “brotherhood” that welcomed and supported my efforts. He reached out to me to become part of the new group, and I honestly was a bit reluctant. He had amazing results through his training and consistency and I felt I was nowhere near his caliber. Well, needless to say, I joined the group. Best decision I have made this year! I have had the pleasure of meeting other men, from different age groups, job functions, and most of all running levels. They were very encouraging in helping me succeed to become a better runner, and ultimately a healthier man. As of this posting I am running a consistent 5k, with times under 30 minutes. The support from my brothers has been overwhelming, and I have since “passed the baton” to other runners who started where I did.
Black Men Run | One Step @ A Time | Fur-cation
Since starting Black Men Run we have received so many inspirational stories about how Black Men Run has changed lives that we decided to create a section entitled “One Step @ A Time”. We hope that you enjoy and are motivated by these deeply personal stories and share with others.
Anthony | Black Men Run Washington, DC
I happen to have the dubious pleasure of being a federal employee; most days being a civil servant comes with a great deal of security and predictability. However, with the impasse and the political landscape being what it is, I find myself on an extended and unplanned furlough, or better yet, what I like to call my “fur-cation”. Typically time off work is filled with advanced planning, trips to faraway places or time with family and friends locally. But, being furloughed presents a completely different set of challenges. I really don’t know when it will end and while I’m ready to go back to work, it can be quite nerve-wrecking and stressful to wake each day to see if you need to report to work.
This is where Black Men Run has been a God-send. It has provided me with an extra push and motivation to increase my normal activity. During this 10 day hiatus, I’ve managed to stay in shape physically and more important mentally by running. It’s the one activity I can count on doing consistently; preparing and planning for short or long runs, has given me a welcome distraction from all the uncertainty that otherwise consumed my life. I’ve managed to log close to 40 miles in 9 days.
Being a part of Black Men Run and staying active has provided me with human interaction with others and stress relief for myself. No doubt whenever my “fur-cation” ends, I will be in much better shape physically and mentally than I was before it began. As I see different Black Men Run groups springing up across the country, I’m encouraged by what I see and read, words of advice from others who are running and supporting the healthy brotherhood. The Black Men Run community provides so much helpful information from seasoned runners and support for novice beginner runners like myself. If you find yourself with some unexpected time on your hand, lace em up and head out on a run, you never know how far you will go…
Black Men Run presents the Running Tips Series | Stretching Before A Run
This is the second video in the Black Men Run series of instructional videos covering running tips. In this edition we focus on “Proper tips for stretching before a run”. Stretching before your run is very important and something that should not be taken lightly.
Black Men Run presents the Running Tips Series | How Do I Increase My Mileage?
This is the first in a series of instructional videos from Black Men Run covering running tips. In this edition we focus on “How Do I Increase My Mileage?”. More to come and we hope that you enjoy this video and that you find it beneficial.