It has been three years since we added our last BGR! group to our national community, and guess what we will be on boarding 10 new groups in 2019! So, here is your chance to submit your city for BGR! to come to a city near you!

Do you have an existing group of women dedicated to the mission of Black Girls RUN!? Do you want Black Girls RUN! to create a community in your area?

Click here to submit your city and a BGR! representative will be in touch with you to discuss next steps to see if your city is a fit for BGR! Nation!


Thank you to every person that represents BGR! Nation on the pavement! 2019 is a special year for us as we celebrate 10 years on the pavement. Over the last 10 years, we have had hundred of thousands of women join us for a run, high five us at a race, link up at a conference or just hang out! We want to feature you and let you know how special you are to us! Tell us your BGR! story, upload a picture and stay tuned to our social media to see if you are featured!


Happy 10th Birthday Black Girls RUN!

2019 is a special year for Black Girls RUN! because we will be celebrating 10 years on the pavement! 10 years of changing lives, creating a sisterhood, logging miles, bringing the energy and creating a national MOVEMENT!

We invite BGR! Nation to join us on the pavement for a virtual run to celebrate our 10th birthday on Saturday, April 27th! If you are unable to join us on April 27th, feel free to run any day in April. You will receive your medal/bib beginning the week of April 21st.

How Does It Work?

1) Register online for the virtual run challenge (Ask your friends and family to register too!) The registration deadline is Sunday, April 14th, 2019 (or when registration sells out, so please register asap).

2) Train or just run/walk leading up to April 27th!

3) Plan your run! Choose a location, and do not forget to map it before hand to complete your run. You can also get it in at the gym! You can run 1 mile, 5K, 10K or longer! It is totally up to you!

4) Connect with your local Black Girls RUN! group! Many of our groups will running together that Saturday or Sunday. Feel free to connect with them to get some on the ground support! You can join Black Girls RUN! and/or find a group in your city by signing up at

5) Receive your bib, special gift and medal in the mail, you will receive the week of April 21st! Hit the pavement alone or encourage your friends and co-workers to join you!

It does not matter your pace, location, or time you run. Just get it in! Tweet @blackgirlsrun, or Instagram @officialblackgirlsrun your virtual run photos. Use #blackgirlsrun #happybirthdaybgr when posting your photos!

7) Once you’ve completed your run, upload your race time to our virtual race roster. This form will be emailed to you again closer to race day. Please submit your time by Wednesday, May 1.

And, Congratulations! You did it!

For questions or more information about this event, email

Black Friday is over, but we are in full swing of the holidays! This is the time of the year that the weather gets cooler, days are shorter and sometimes laziness comes over us! But, we challenge you to #optoutside everyday to keep active through the holidays and into the new year.

On Friday, November 23rd - traditionally known as Black Friday, we had over 50 groups/cities participate in REI's #OptOutside national campaign to go outside. We want to thank everyone who joined us on the pavement to celebrate this day of loving the fresh air and what it means to love the outdoors.

As we walk (no pun intended!) into 2019, we encourage you to keep moving! Check out some of the photos below from some of our awesome groups that hit the pavement for #OptOutside!

Join one of our Black Girls RUN! groups on the pavement and start planning those 2019 goals now!

BGR! Nation is proud to announce our official 2019 race calendar. The race below will be official race meet ups where our members can come run and meetup with BGR! members from all over the country. Some of the meet ups also include exclusive discount, swag or double medals. Check out our National Events for more information on registration!

We will also be announcing some other events in 2019 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of BGR!. Also, the Sweat With Your Sole conference weekend will be returning in September in Charlotte, NC with our 10 year homecoming weekend. Stay tuned as we announce more events and pop ups during 2019! We look forward to seeing you on the pavement!

Why I #OptOutside

November 20, 2018


I joined BGR! Winston-Salem and it has changed my life!

By: Falena Bryden, BGR! Winston-Salem

I was hesitant about being a Runner.  I thought, no way would I ever run again.  I ran track in High School but it was short distances.  100 Meter and 200 Meter Dash only. I decided to join my best friend and her new running friends.  I came in the door as the Rookie. When I first started, it was not one of my favorite hobbies. My shins were all that I could focus on.  I felt that If I could get them right, I would master this running thing. Well, I was educated at the Shoe Clinic and one of my coaches recommended that I get new shoes.  I did, and my shin problem was solved! But, now I was winded. Breathing and overheating. With the support of my running group, I was encouraged to keep pushing and that it would get better.  I came out and ran a few 5k’s. Just as I started enjoying crossing that 5k Finish Line, I realized, I need to do a ½ Marathon. To be continued on that one. I’ve worked my way up to an 8k. I graduated from the Walk Before You Run Program Spring of 2018.  The love and support that the Program offered was awesome and it was free! The ladies took their time to volunteer to help us through the program three days out of the week. After completing the program, I decided to sign up for a Lead for the fall session.  Running has become an essential part of my life. I love seeing other people run. My newest wardrobe consists of running gear and sneaks. I can’t resist looking for running gear in any store that I enter. I have Type 2 diabetes and my A1C is currently at 7.9.  I am working on getting it under 7. I have lost 25 pounds since I started the program in March. I plan on losing 25 more. Trust the program ladies.

Join us for a nice run November 23 at 7a.m. Hanes Park. Running doesn’t cost a thing!!! #optoutside #FreeBlackFriday.

REI's #OptOutside is just a couple of weeks away! Join BGR! Nation on the pavement!

Thank you to Nancy Guzman from BGR! Atlanta for sharing with us on why she is going to make #OptOutside a priority!

"I think back to when I was a little girl and my mom would say, "Look at all the beautiful trees!"

My thought was; they all looked alike! She continued to talk about the beauty of trees so much, that I didn't realize how much hearing about them made me fall in love them too.

Now, I look forward to spending time outdoors and I can truly say to myself, the trees are beautiful. I’m so glad that she planted those seeds years ago. The opportunity to share my love of the outdoors with my family and friends is important. #OptOutside movement has grown close and dear to my heart."

Join BGR! Nation for REI #OptOutside on Friday, November 23rd! Check out what our BGR! NYC (Bronx) Ambassador, Gisela Perez had to say about why #OptOutside is so important!

Gisela is an Ambassador for BGR! NYC Bronx area. She is 65 years old and has been running for over 40 years. Gisela has completed 31 marathons, one Ultra Marathon (60K) and over 100 half marathons and countless of 5ks, and 10ks. Gisela's biggest accomplishment was completing the Empire State Building Run Up last year. The Empire State Building Run Up consist of running 1,576 stairs and 86 floors. Gisela is very proud of this amazing accomplishment which she did at the age of 64 years old in 31 minutes and 6 seconds.

"It is important to recognize #OptOutside because the #OptOutside movement is about improving, health, mental wellness, and learning about new outdoor activities in the community and the world. It is about bringing families and friends together to experience and enjoy the many different types of outdoor adventures that are available. #OptOutside is about being happy, feeling energize, laughter and spending quality time with oneself or family and friends. It is about getting out the house/apartment and getting the body to move. It is about living our best life!

It is also important to recognize #OptOutside because it is a world-wide movement that offers us the choice of going outside and learning new, interesting and fun activities that ultimately can result in world-wide improved health for all humankind."

Let’s make opting outside not just about getting outside our environment, but outside our entire way of life. Today we would like to highlight one of our awesome BGR! Hampton Roads (VA) members who embodies what it means to embody the spirit of being outdoors. Please meet Melinda Thomas-Trahan! She lives on the Peninsula side and has been very active with BGR! Hampton Roads. She is consistent, has such an awesome spirit and is always “outdoors”! You can catch her on any day of the week, early in the AM before the sun comes up to late in the afternoon if her mind, body and a BGR! sister asks her to join!

Melinda says, "Running outdoors is peaceful, joyfully refreshing and complete freedom. You can run at anytime and anywhere. There is also never any wasted time driving. Running outdoors can be your commute!
Running outdoors is an excellent opportunity for us to receive vitamin D. The different terrains are challenging allowing us to burn more calories compared to running indoors. Running outdoors is an opportunity to clear your thoughts. As you travel each mile, life's stress will become dissolved because running is the cheapest form of therapy. Running outdoors has been the road to a healthier lifestyle. My motto simply states "the trail is never closed." REI#OptOutside - Join us on the pavement November 23rd!

Click here to see a list of BGR! runs happening across the country to support #OptOutside.

#rei #optoutside #sponsored #blackgirlsrun

If you haven't heard already, REI is shaking things up again with its #OptOutside campaign, and is closing all of its 149 stores and paying all 12,000+ employees to take the day off, because Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with the people you love, in the places you love!

BGR! Nation is joining in on the post-Thanksgiving festivities and hosting some runs across the country! Take a look below and we hope to have you join us on the pavement soon!



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