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May 16, 2023

BGR! Expanding National Footprint into 3 New Markets

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Black Girls RUN! Announces the Launch of New Groups in Fredericksburg, VA, Little Rock, AR and Louisville, KY

~ Events will roll out as part of their Sweat With Your Sole On the Road 2023 Programming~


May 16, 2023 — Black Girls RUN! is excited to announce the launch of three new markets bringing their run groups to 75 in the United States located in 34 states. Black Girls RUN! (BGR!) hosted a new group interest meeting earlier this year where hundreds of women met showing interest in bringing Black Girls RUN! To their communities. From that call, Fredericksburg, VA, Little Rock, AR and Louisville, KY were selected to launch in 2023. More groups will roll out next year.

“It is always exciting to know that we are expanding our footprint and impacting more lives,” says Jay Ell Alexander, Owner and CEO of BGR!. “We have almost 260K members nationwide, and we are still growing.”

The launch of these groups will be part of the annual conference and race weekend, Sweat With Your Sole that BGR! hosts. The traditional conference will be biennial with this tour of cities (Sweat With Your Sole On the Road, #SWYS23) during the “off years”. #SWYS23 will kick off in Fredericksburg, VA on Saturday, May 20 at 9am at Old Mill Park. We will host a 5K run/walk and meet n’ greet for women to come together to begin planning for future events and the roll out of runs in their community.

BGR! Little Rock, AR will relaunch on June 17, at the Juneteenth In Da Rock 5K. Little Rock is actually a relaunch due to the group closing in 2018. BGR! Louisville is the first BGR! Run group in Kentucky and will launch on July 29 in partnership with Fleet Fleet Louisville. #SWYS23 will also feature events with BGR! Boston, MA on September 9 at the Road to Wellness 5K and BGR! Central Valley in Fresno, CA. Attendees to all of of these events will be able to receive BGR! #SWYS25 special commemorative medals.

For all “Sweat With Your Sole” conference and event updates, visit or You can also follow Black Girls RUN! on Twitter at @BlackGirlsRUN, and Instagram @officialblackgirlsrun, and use the hashtag #SWYS23 or #SWYSOntheRoad.


About Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! is a national running group launched in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks. Through the power of running, community and empowerment, we bring awareness to the health disparities in the Black community. We dispel the myths that black women are unhealthy and not physically active. Black girls run brings women together all over the country to increase representation on the pavement. We are moving and motivating women to change the narrative of what running and health and health looks like for black women. We provide inspiration and serve as a resource for women to become the best version of themselves. Black girls run wants to create healthier communities to change the health statistics for black women and make us healthier for generations to come. Black Girls RUN! provides a community and inspires all women to run. For more information about Black Girls RUN!, visit