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Ragnar Sunset Santa Clarita, powered by Black Girls Run!, is our newest racing format and it’s coming October 17, 2020. What makes the Sunset series different? A smaller, 4-person team, less mileage than a typical Ragnar, just one day of running, and a whole lot of festival fun.


Join the adventure, starting Saturday afternoon at Central Park, the crowned jewel of Santa Clarita, just an hour away from downtown Los Angeles. Teams of 4 will try to outrun the sun relay-style on a 3.3-ish mile loops two times each. Together you will run 26-ish miles - that's a full marathon! Your goal? Finish before the sun sets.

This cross-country course will take you up hills (we’re talking a couple hundred yards of climbing) on a mixed terrain of wide, smooth packed dirt trails. You’ll get amazing views of the city and mountain vistas, and at its highest point, you can see the entire valley including the Village festival. The course is challenging, but it’s perfect for runners of all experience levels. So team up with anyone from your running fanatic best friend to your grandma.

When you're not running, you’ll be hanging out with your friends and lots of friendly strangers at the Ragnar Village festival. Teams can even set up sweet hangout spots around the Village. There will be live music, food, games, a beer garden, on-site parking, and other amazing features.

Use code BGRSUNSET for $40 off registration!

Black Girls RUN! Baltimore invites you to #OptOutside!

Whether it’s recycling, walking to the store vs. driving, taking the stairs vs. elevator or bringing our recyclable bags to the grocery store vs. using plastic bags, our daily choices have an impact on our environment. When you come out to a Black Girls RUN! weekly run, the choice you make to be healthier also has an impact on your community! Choosing to go for a run empowers the social and community wellness of your environment. There is so much power in running, and Black Girls RUN! Is proud to be taking part in #OptOutside on November 29th to continue to bring awareness about how we are changing our community one step, one mile and one healthier life at a time! Join us!

We are just a little over 1 week away from Thanksgiving - a special time in the year where we gather with family and spend quality time. This time of year has also become a special time for our signature event, #OptOutside! BGR! Nation has partnered with our friends at REI to bring awareness to making big changes in the world through our small changes. We invite you to join us on Friday, November 29th for #OptOutside. We have cleanups and runs happening all over the country!

BGR! Chicago #OptOutside Feature: Meet Mary Castle-Enyard aka “Dancin’ Mary”

Dancin’ Mary has been a member of Black Girls Run! for 5 yrs. She is an outstanding Run Coordinators from Chicago.  She doesn’t just run, she also swims, bikes & dances hence the name “Dancin Mary”. During her group weekly runs she makes sure that all the ladies are safe, the area is well lit and free of debris. If not, she’s on the phone reporting the issues so the next time her group hits the pavement that it’s clean & safe. Dancin’ Mary is active in her community and encourages us all to be active in ours. Join Mary in Chicago on November 29th!

By opting to act, we can work toward a more sustainable future for all. As part of REI's #OptOutside, we want to highlight one of our awesome BGR! members who embodies this spirit in working toward the collective good! Meet Charise Stephens! 
Charise Stephens has been an active member of BGR! Middle GA since January 2014.  A single mom, she raised two kids (now adults) in Macon, Georgia. With the high health statistics of obesity, Macon’s youth Charise decided to spring into action to decrease those numbers. In 2018, and with no funding, she opened the first makerspace in the community.  She intentionally selected the historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood because she wanted the community to see the earnest investment in the youth.  
 Charise is the recipient of the 2000 Mother of the Year award for Central Georgia and even at that time, she turned her pain into action. Almost 20 years later, Charise still realizes there is a state of emergency losing our youth to violence on a daily basis and the need to help bridge the gap with the youth.  Charise’s motto is simple, “Give Kids Positive Things They Can Do”. In one year, she has successfully implemented youth programs such as a youth cycling group, mountain biking, kids market (kids get to keep 100% of their profits) literacy and mentoring, digital arts camp, girls only esteem programs, and many more outdoor adventures. Macon has kids that have never been out of the city and now they get a chance to travel throughout the state of Georgia.  Since the program’s inception, none of the kids have had major behavior problems at home/school... not even one!!!
 Charise is a humble servant leader and really utilize her relationships to make a change in the lives of hundreds of youths.  This one scenario sums up her passion for the kids. One little boy came up to her at the NICA meet and said, "Coach Charise, we are just like the other kids".  Keep in mind that with 1000 kids, only about 20 were black. We didn't have fancy tents or half of the other stuff that other teams had and our kids still felt like they were just as blessed as the groups and kids with the expensive items.
 In 2020, Charise plans to implement youth baseball/softball, swimming (beginning and competitive series), and a learning garden/outdoor lab. She also plans to continue being a Difference Maker one child at a time for as long as it takes to ensure the youth are prepared with the needed tools to become successful adults. Charise Stephens is an unsung community advocate! November 29th is just a few weeks away! How are you going to Opt to Act?.
Black Girls RUN! is taking it to the pavement as we usually do this year on Friday, November 29th. In some worlds, this day - the day after Thanksgiving is a day we raid the mall and stores to start our Christmas shopping, BUT this year (and for the last five years), we are ditching the stores and heading outside! #sponsored
The #OptOutside campaign is the perfect campaign as it embodies all that Black Girls RUN! stands for - community, health and fitness! We join in with REI  on this campaign because of our members! Our members inspire us to opt to act - whether its going for a run, giving an encouraging word to a member, picking up trash along our route or choosing to enjoy the outdoors after Thanksgiving dinner!
Each day we have the opportunity to change the world by taking small steps (no pun intended!) in the community, neighborhood or block that we live! So, what can you do this season to change your community? Organize a neighborhood run/walk, yard sale, trash pick up day, or say a kind word to a neighbor!
Let us know what you plan to do to Opt to Act and #OptOutside! We have groups across the country organizing run, trash pick up events, running shoe donations and much more! Check back often to see more locations added.
1. Atlanta
POC: Sierra Grigsby: sgrigsby@coca-cola.com
November 29th, 8:00 A.M., Cochran Mill Park, 6875 Cochran Mill Road, Palmetto, GA  30268

2. San Fran Bay Area
 Mission Peak. November 29th at 7:00am Fremont, CA
POC: Aretha Hampton, ahampton72@att.net
3. Central Jersey
POC: Ingrid Trotman  bgrcentraljersey@gmail.com
8am Rosedale Park 
424 Federal City Rd
Pennington, New Jersey 08534
4. Chicago
Vollmer Grove, Vollmer Road west of Crawford Ave.
7am
POC: Kelli Rockwell kpr710@gmail.com
5. Inland Empire
POC: Ayrika Moxley ayrikasf@hotmail.com
Mt. Rubidoux/Ryan Bonamino Park, Riverside, CA - 7am
6. Sacramento
POC: Noel Roberts, Laker4life@comcast.net
Garcia Bend Park 7am
7. Fayetteville, NC
Cape Fear River Trail
445 Treetop Dr
8:00 AM
POC: Sonoyia Largent sonoyia.largent@hotmail.com
8. South Jersey
POC: Janessa Jones janessaj@msn.com
Laurel Acres Park, (1045 S Church St, Mt. Laurel,  NJ) at 9 am
 
9. Charlotte
POC: Wendy Berry, wmmccall29@yahoo.com
Trader Joe's
1820 East Arbors Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
Time: 7 am
10. Jacksonville
POC: Tonisia Billups, tonisia1015@comcast.net
6:15am Baldwin Trails 2 Imeson RdJacksonville, FL 32220
11. Baltimore
POC: Buffy Holmes buffyhholmes@gmail.com
What: BGR! Baltimore Plogging 5K
When: Friday, November 29, 2019
Where: Gwynns Falls Trail, 3301 Waterview Drive Baltimore, MD 21230
Time: Meet at 8:45AM; Takeoff at 9am
12. Los Angeles
Opt Outside to the Hollywood Sign 
7-10am
Innsdale Drive Trail to the Hollywood Sign:
Innsdale Trail, Los Angeles, CA 90068
POC: Nancy Fernandez naniipu@aol.com

 

13. NYC
Bronx Meeting Location:  161 St and River Avenue, Bronx, New York 10451
9am
Distance 3-5 miles. All Levels Group Run.
POC: Gisela Perez, giperez03@optonline.net
 
Brooklyn Location: 9am All Levels Group Run
Brooklyn in the train station @ Eastern Parkway Station stop on the 2/3 train lines.   It will be an out and back timed run.  20 minutes out and 20 minutes back.
POC: Ethel Wilson, divineorder57@gmail.com
 
14. Montgomery
3 miles at Lagoon Park in Montgomery, AL at 8am followed by Adopt A Mile to clean on Edgemont Avenue or East Delano whichever is approved by the City of Montgomery
POC: Lori Burks/Shamarick Paradise shamarick@gmail.com
15. Columbus, GA
POC: Kenya Willis willis_kenya@yahoo.com
Location: Manchester Park and Ride
11/29 @6am 
5K glow run
16. Columbus, OH
Location: Sharon Woods Metro Park
Address: 6911 Cleveland Ave, Westerville OH 43081
Time: 8am
POC: Cheralee Cherrie Calhoun cheralee@yahoo.com
17. Winston Salem
Friday, November 29th at 7am at Gateway YMCA 1300 S. Main Street Winston-Salem,  NC
POC: Aisha Washington: aisha0402@gmail.com
18. Middle GA
Wells Fargo, 1125 GA 96, Kathleen, Ga @8am. We will walk along hwy 96 and pick up trash.
POC: Renee Houey houeyt@hotmail.com
 
19. Richmond, VA 
POC: Karen Anderson ahealthierdirection4u@yahoo.com
Dorey Park 8am, 2999 Darbytown Rd Henrico, VA 23231
20. St. Louis
O’Fallon Park 799 E Taylor Avenue St Louis, Mo 63147.  9 AM.
POC:  Cyeria Jackson cyeria_qualls@yahoo.com
 
21. Hampton Roads, VA
Bennetts Creek Park, Suffolk, VA
POC: Saundra Johnson, sljohnson@appleone.com
 
22. Detroit, MI
POC; Maria Beth Stanfield neda0606@aol.com
Southfield Police Department at 5am. The address is 26000 Evergreen Rd., Southfield, MI 48076
 
23. Long Island
POC: Jennean Rogers jenneanrogers@gmail.com
8:00 A.M. at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY.
24. Columbus, OH
Shaker Heights Middle School
20600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44122
7:30am
POC: Teresa Sayles  blackgirlsruncleveland@gmail.com
“We can do better for future generations.
We must act now.” Eric Artz, REI CEO

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.

  • Run the Getaway 5k and you’ll earn a medal and finisher shirt (choice of unisex short sleeve lifestyle performance tee or women’s lifestyle performance tank)
  • Run the Getaway 10k to earn a medal, the finisher shirt and a plush logoed beach towel.
  • Take on the NEW Getaway 15k for a medal, the finisher shirt, the beach towel and double-walled, stainless steel 30oz tumbler!

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)
7:30am

Memphis - October 26th
Breakaway Running (2109 Madison Ave)
6:30am

Central Jersey - October 26th
Mercer County Park, West Picnic Area
8am

Buffalo/Rochester - October 26th
Location: TBD
7am

Middle GA - October 26th
Heard Middle School, Macon, GA
7am
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)
7am
5k Walk/Run

SF Bay Area - October 26th
Crown Memorial State Beach
7am

Southern Maryland - October 26th
National Harbor
7am

Columbus, GA - October 12th
Manchester Parks and Ride (3690 Manchester Expressway)
7am
5K

San Antonio - October 26th
McAllister Park (13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd.)
7am
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.
8am
Wear purple and black.

Annapolis - October 26th
“Shatter the Silence” 5K - Watkins Park. Free 5K sponsored by PG Park Police.
7:30am

South Jersey - October 26th
Cooper River Park- 461 S. Park Drive. Collingswood, NJ
8:am
Meet in the parking lot near LaScala's Birra Restaurant

Baton Rouge - Octobre 26th
Downtown Baton Rouge
7am
We have invited the Butterfly Society founder (benefitting charity) to join. Attire-purple

Los Angeles - October 26th
7am
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
7:45am
Wear purple.

Columbus, OH - October 26th
7am
The Old Bag of Nails Bexley (18 N Nelson Rd)

Detroit, MI - October 27th (SUNDAY)
7am
Detroit Riverfront (1340 E Atwater Street)

Seattle, WA - October 27th (SUNDAY)
2pm
Seward Park

Philadelphia, PA - October 26th
7am
Lloyd Hall

Fayetteville, NC - October 27th (SUNDAY)
5pm
Cape Fear River Trail - Jordan Soccer Complex

Albany, NY - October 26th 
7:30am 
Corning Preserve Boat Launch

NYC - October 26th
7:30am
Entrance of Prospect Park

Baltimore - October 26th
8 am
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.

Submit your BGR! story for a chance to be featured! Click here! 

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