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Jun 6, 2024

Black Girls RUN! Welcomes Sherri Shepherd to Sweat With Your Sole

~ Shepherd to deliver keynote address at national health and wellness conference Sept. 5-8 in Chicago ~

CHICAGO (June 6, 2024) — Acclaimed Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, talk show host and best-selling author Sherri Shepherd will be the keynote speaker for Sweat With Your Sole, a three-day Black Girls RUN! event promoting health, wellness and sisterhood. The 2024 conference takes place Sept. 5-7 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605.

Sweat With Your Sole is the signature event for Black Girls RUN!, a national organization that inspires Black women to run and to make fitness and healthy living a priority. Conference attendees can expect a jam-packed weekend of interactive health and wellness workshops, nutrition sessions, mindfulness classes, a 5K/10K race on Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” and more.

“We are thrilled to bring our national race and conference weekend to the Windy City this year,” says Jay Ell Alexander, owner of Black Girls RUN! “We’re excited to have Sherri Shepherd share her inspirational journey toward a healthier lifestyle, which is at the heart of our organization’s mission.”

The conference kicks off with a meet-and-greet on Thursday, then features a full-day slate of workshops, fitness classes, an expo with health and fitness vendors, a summit on the state of Black women’s health, and the 15th anniversary awards celebration with Shepherd’s keynote. Sweat With Your Sole has also partnered with the Run Mag Mile® 5K and 10K Saturday, Sept. 7, and the Taste of Chicago to offer premium access for conference attendees.

For the last 12 years, Black Girls RUN! has hosted Sweat With Your Sole across the United States, including two-day events in Charlotte, Atlanta and Philadelphia featuring a conference and 5K/10K race. In 2018, Sweat With Your Sole was an 11-city tour with fitness events across the country, and in 2023, the event went on the road again to launch new groups in Little Rock, Arkansas; Louisville, Kentucky; and Fredericksburg, Virginia; and hold pop-up runs in Boston and Fresno, California.

In all formats, Sweat With Your Sole has reached more than 10,000 women to date.

“We enjoyed traveling to meet with different communities for Sweat With Your Sole in 2023, and are equally excited to see the return of our three-day conference in 2024,” Alexander says. “We hope everyone leaves feeling inspired, encouraged and supported to keep running and exploring other ways to adopt a healthy lifestyle.”

The Sweat With Your Sole conference is open to Black Girls RUN! members and women interested in attending. For all Sweat With Your Sole information and registration, visit You can also follow Black Girls RUN! on X at @BlackGirlsRUN, and Instagram @officialblackgirlsrun, or use the hashtag #SWYS.


 About Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! is a national running group launched in 2009. The organization has grown to include more than 70 running groups across the nation with more than 250,000 members. The group was created to combat the obesity epidemic among women in the African- American community and dispel the myth that black women do not run. The groups include beginner and experienced runners and provide a support system to help members reach their fitness goals. Black Girls RUN! provides a community and inspires all women to run. For more information about Black Girls RUN!, visit