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In 2009, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks-Rocha created Black Girls RUN! in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. The mission of Black Girls RUN! is 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. The organization is open to ALL women, no men allowed!

The Black Girls RUN! Mission:

The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage ALL (especially African-American women) to make fitness and healthy living a priority.

 The Black Girls RUN! Vision:

We aspire to take a comprehensive and creative approach to improve the health statistics of women of color.