Black Men Run | Leadership Team
Jason L. Russell – Co-Founder
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 – Co-Founder
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.