Every year I look forward to my two favorite holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A great time with family, friends, schedule slows down and good food. Did I mention, good food? But, each year Thanksgiving seems to be cut super short by the madness of Black Friday. And, I have to admit I have been caught in a line or two camping out with hundreds of others, trying to get one of those 7 televisions! LOL!
But, in recent years, Black Friday has become too crazy for me and I have been wanting that feeling of getting back to family, community and what matters most!
So, BGR! Nation is excited to be teaming up with REI again for #OptOutside. REI is again shaking things up with its #OptOutside, and is closing all of its 150+ stores and paying all 13,000+ employees to take the day off, because Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with the people you love, in the places you love! This year they are taking it a step further and encouraging us to Opt to Act by kicking off a year long campaign to change the way we view the world we live in, but taking a pledge to take simple actions to reduce our impact, get active and leave the world better than before.
This Black Friday (November 29), our wallets are taking a rest day and we will be outside enjoying nature and enjoying life. We will have planned events in several cities across the country, so be sure to stay tuned to attend an event near you!
For more information, to sign up for a clean up event or share how you want to help change the world, please visit: https://www.rei.com/opt-outside.
Come out and enjoy the festivities of the Getaway: St. Pete, festivities designed to make you feel like you are on vacation, even if you are close to home! This year a 5K, 10K AND new 15K distance will be offered. The Post-Race Celebration includes food trucks, beer, face painting, interactive activities, live music and much, much more!
Not only is the 15K race distance new in 2019, the Getaway: St. Pete will be giving an additional premium item for the longer you run! Here are what participants can earn based on the distance they complete.
The Getaway: St. Pete is also giving participants added incentives to build a SOCIAL TEAM and run as a group. Grab your best running pals and create a team! Social Teams as small as 10 people get rebates on entry fees for signing up with a team. Members of a social team are linked by their team name and password. And as your team grows, everyone benefits, even those who register first!
So why wouldn’t you run the Getaway: St. Pete race?! Come out and join us for some fun on November 3rd.
Use the code 19BGRTAMPA to save on your registration!
Learn more and register here: https://www.getaway5k.com/
Black women face a particularly high risk of being killed at the hands of a man. A 2015 Violence Policy Center study finds that Black women were two and a half times more likely to be murdered by men than their White counterparts. More than nine in ten Black female victims knew their killers.
Join BGR! Nation on October 26th as we raise awareness to end domestic violence! Register today for the Black Girls RUN! Domestic Violence Virtual! Get your special bib and medal in the mail before race day! Register here!
A donation will be made to The Butterfly Society Organization to help support their efforts with women in our community!
Here are a list of our local groups across the country participating in our virtual run! Join them on the pavement. Check back frequently as more groups will be added closer to October 26th!
Atlanta - October 26th
Road Runners Sports (3756 Roswell Rd NE)
Memphis - October 26th
Breakaway Running (2109 Madison Ave)
Central Jersey - October 26th
Mercer County Park, West Picnic Area
Buffalo/Rochester - October 26th
Middle GA - October 26th
Heard Middle School, Macon, GA
Group 5k walk/run. We'll have a guest speaker from local domestic violence facility and balloon release
Central Valley - October 26th
Deran Koligian Stadium (4200 N Grantland Ave, Fresno CA 93723)
SF Bay Area - October 26th
Crown Memorial State Beach
Southern Maryland - October 26th
Columbus, GA - October 12th
Manchester Parks and Ride (3690 Manchester Expressway)
San Antonio - October 26th
McAllister Park (13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd.)
Meet in the parking lot next to the dog park
Milwaukee - October 26th
Estabrook Park - 4400 N. Estabrook Drive. Park in the first lot north of Capital Drive.
Wear purple and black.
Annapolis - October 26th
“Shatter the Silence” 5K - Watkins Park. Free 5K sponsored by PG Park Police.
South Jersey - October 26th
Cooper River Park- 461 S. Park Drive. Collingswood, NJ
Meet in the parking lot near LaScala's Birra Restaurant
Baton Rouge - Octobre 26th
Downtown Baton Rouge
We have invited the Butterfly Society founder (benefitting charity) to join. Attire-purple
Los Angeles - October 26th
Rueben Ingold Park (4400 Mount Vernon Dr. Los Angeles, Ca 90043)
This is our End of the Month Run host location. 3-5 miles
Cleveland - October 26th
Shaker Heights Middle School
Columbus, OH - October 26th
The Old Bag of Nails Bexley (18 N Nelson Rd)
Detroit, MI - October 27th (SUNDAY)
Detroit Riverfront (1340 E Atwater Street)
Seattle, WA - October 27th (SUNDAY)
Philadelphia, PA - October 26th
Fayetteville, NC - October 27th (SUNDAY)
Cape Fear River Trail - Jordan Soccer Complex
Albany, NY - October 26th
Corning Preserve Boat Launch
NYC - October 26th
Entrance of Prospect Park
Baltimore - October 26th
New Town High School- 4931 New Town Blvd., Owings Mills, MD
Meet at the parking lot next to the Tennis Courts
🗣SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! We have teamed up with Sparkle Skirts to offer some amazing SparkleSkirts and SparkleBottoms that can match your BGR! shirts and more. Shop: https://bit.ly/2ZodkB7
They will also be at Black Girls RUN!'s signature conference and race weekend, Sweat With Your Sole, September 19-22, visit their booth for special sparkle deals and surprises ✨: https://bit.ly/2MGuqbd
My official run with BGR was in June 2013. My daughter got out of school for summer vacation on a Friday and I started my journey that following Monday. After my daughter telling me that she wanted me to be healthy, I had no other choice but to get myself back on track. I've been active in sports all of my life and deep down I knew I need to get my act together.
My most memorable BGR! experience on the pavement was my first group run. There were two run coordinators Robin Moore & Rojenia Jones. They were absolutely the best. Rojenia actually stayed with me as we conquered a 5k. She was patient and helpful. As we were making it back to the park the other ladies that were ahead of us started running towards us. I didn't know what was going on. I actually thought something was wrong. I'm looking confused as ever and asked what was wrong. A lady replied and said nothing! We came to run you in. The tears started to flow. That left a lasting impression on me. I have many more memorable times but that one is the one I think of first. "No Woman Left Behind" is something this organization holds true to. I love BGR! for the uniqueness of the women that are apart of this organization. Its moving to see Black Women defying odds and stereotypes. BGR! has given me the opportunity to meet so many inspiring women who have similar journeys.
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