After five successful years of the Black Girls RUN! National Race and Conference Weekend, Black Girls RUN! will host its 2019 Sweat With Your Sole Weekend in Charlotte, NC, September 19-21, 2019. Conference registration will open in March.
The jam-packed weekend will kick off with a two-day conference starting on Thursday. The conference will include interactive workshops with nationally recognized trainers and fitness instructors and speakers, and a vast amount of knowledge-sharing on running, health, and nutrition. On Saturday, September 21, attendees will participate in our official SWYS Race, Race 13.1 Charlotte with an 8K or half marathon option. Later that evening, we will close out the weekend with our BGR! 10 Year Homecoming party.
“We are excited to host our national conference and race weekend back in Charlotte,’” says Jay Ell Alexander, owner of Black Girls RUN! “We will be celebrating 10 years on the pavement and this year's conference will be the best yet."
The ‘Sweat With Your Sole’ conference is open to Black Girls RUN! members and women who are interested in attending. Men and women are invited to attend the dinner and participate in the official race. The Race 13.1 Charlotte events are separate from the conference registration. Race registration is open now.
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RICHMOND, VA (November 21, 2018) - Black Girls RUN! (BGR!) is excited to announce the launch of the BGR! Foundation to support the ongoing growth of our local community groups and the national organization.
"For the last almost decade, Black Girls RUN! has operated as a for-profit business and this has presented limitations with the sustainability and expansion of the organization," says BGR! owner/CEO, Jay Ell Alexander. "Now with this new organizational structure, we will be able to fundraise and provide more resources and support for our communities."
Black Girls RUN! will continue to operate the national events and merchandise side of the organization, while the BGR! Foundation will work to identify and provide resources and programming at the local and regional levels. The BGR! Foundation is a 501(c)3 - nonprofit organization and received their designation in July.
The Facebook Community Leadership Program recently announced will support the BGR! Foundation side of the house and integrate training programs in local cities. More details about the launch of this grant will come soon.
The BGR! Foundation is supported by a Board of Directors that represent members from across the country and will provide sound direction as we take the organization to the next level. The Board of Directors held their first Board meeting in early November and are working on the strategic plan and budget to identify focus areas for the foundation.
The first fundraising campaign will come on Giving Tuesday, November 27th with a goal to raise $5,000 through the organization's Facebook page. The BGR! Foundation will use all donations and grants to fund programs at the local level. Facebook will be matching donations for that 24 hours.
"It is my goal to provide every resource possible to a woman wanting to make a difference in her own life and get healthier," says Alexander. "From running shoes to registrations, BGR! Foundation wants to remove those barriers that impact the African American community."
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Black Girls RUN! is excited to announce that we have been selected as fellow in the first cohort of the Facebook Community Leadership Program.
Facebook created the Facebook Community Leadership Program to empower leaders who are building communities around the world. Today, Facebook announce the 115 people (representing 46 countries) who have been selected into the program as community leaders in residence, fellows and youth participants.
Since announcing the program in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world. A selection committee, which included employees as well as community experts from outside of Facebook, reviewed each application so we could identify leaders with a strong, clear and committed vision for their community.
Black Girls RUN! and new CEO/Owner, Jay Ell Alexander, will be participating in this year long program. The first meetup is October 9-12 in Menlo Park, CA! It is my goal to pour these resources into the BGR! Foundation philanthropic efforts, create a BGR! app and begin our workforce development pipeline with this opportunity. When I tell you this is HUGE! It is HUGE!
With this putting us on an international stage, I really also hope to announce in 2019 our trademark being internationally registered, so we can begin the deployment of international groups (and establish more U.S. cities) next year with professional development opportunities and training to empower more women in the fitness/running industry.
We will keep you all posted as details develop! But, as always thank you for your prayers and support for the BGR! Movement!
Black Girls RUN! is excited to announce the relaunch of our national alliance with Girls on the Run International. Partners since 2014 ,members of BGR! serve as Girls on the Run coaches, running buddies, and 5K volunteers with local Girls on the Run councils throughout the U.S. BGR! and Girls on the Run will be working together to serve more girls in the African American community while further engaging members as volunteer coaches.
"The partnership with Girls on the Run is just a natural fit," says Jay Ell Alexander, CEO and Owner of Black Girls RUN!. "Introducing these young girls to running and physical activity through an intentional curriculum designed to enhance girls’ social and emotional skills is crucial to the healthy growth of our community and Black Girls RUN!'s mission supports that."
Black Girls RUN! will support the organization with volunteers recruitment and promotion of its local events while collaborating on issues impacting our community.
“Girls on the Run is thrilled to join forces with Black Girls RUN! to inspire more girls to be joyful, healthy and confident,” says Heather Pressley, SVP of Mission Advancement for Girls on the Run International. “We are excited about this renewed partnership and look forward to working together to engage more girls and women of color in our life-changing programs.”
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. With more than 200 local councils in all 50 states, Girls on the Run serves over 200,000 girls annually. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. With the largest 5K series by number of events in the world, Girls on the Run hosts more than 330 5Ks per year.
To find a local Girls on the Run council in your community, please visit, www.girlsontherun.org.
June 30, 2018 marks the 11th year for The HBCU Alumni Alliance Run/Walk (HBCUAA) in Atlanta, Georgia and 6th year in Washington, DC. Black Girls RUN! is proud to be back as a supporter and partner in their races this year.
"It is important that we continue to strengthen and build the relationships between organization that invest in our African American community." comments Jay Ell Alexander, Owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!.
The HBCUAA raises much needed scholarship dollars for students in Metro-Atlanta and DC. Over the past ten years, their participants and sponsors have helped raised over $1.4 million!
“The collaboration with the HBCU Alumni Alliance and Black Girls RUN! goes back several years and is a powerful representation of both organizations commitment in promoting healthy life styles and education in our community. We are excited to continue the partnership with Black Girls RUN! and look forward to future strategic endeavors,” says Dan Ford, CoFounder of HBCUAA.
Hello BGR! Nation! Just two weeks ago, we announced to the world about Black Girls RUN! being acquired and me now serving as the new owner and CEO of the organization. It has been a busy two weeks and I am so appreciative to each one of you for you for the outpouring of love and support you have shown me. I am so excited about this new opportunity and responsibility!
Now, that the excitement has begun to settle, it is time to get to work!
Over the last nine years of the existence of Black Girls RUN!, our relationship with local and national races has been a driver for the impact we make at races and the experience we offer to our members. Yes, our local runs are the essence of what we provide and do, but these local runs fuel our members to set new goals, train for races and even travel to races to meet other members. We are appreciative to all of our race partners that we have worked with!
Two years ago we announced a national boycott of several races, but since then have reestablished partnerships with Rock n’ Roll Race Series in 2017.
Well with new leadership of BGR! comes an opportunity to reestablish new partnerships and relationships. I am so excited to announce the (re)establishment of partnerships with both Hot Chocolate Race Series (RAM Racing) and DIVAS Running Series. We will be announcing more details about the partnership soon, but I am appreciative to both race companies for the opportunity to open the door of communication again and for their continued support of Black Girls RUN!. Check in with your local BGR! group on how this announcement impacts our members and get information on immediate discounts and more!
"The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k Race Series is ecstatic to have Black Girls RUN! back as a national partner," says Steve Ginsburg, Owner of RAM Racing. "We always believed in BGR and it’s mission, as the woman of BGR are an important part of the national running community. The women that started BGR! did a great thing, and now it’ll benefit from Jay Ell’s fresh new direction. You go Jay Ell, we’re with you all the way!"
"DIVAS is so excited to be partnering with Black Girls RUN! again," says Robert Pozo, Executive Race Director of the Divas Running Series. "Their energy at our races adds to the race experience and we look forward to the future of BGR! and seeing more BGR! members at our upcoming events."
Stay tuned for more greatness!
p.s. Join me LIVE on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday, April 25 at 8:30pm ET for a virtual town hall! All of BGR! Nation is invited to attend. See you soon!
April 18, 2018 (BGR! NATION) --- Today, Black Girls RUN! (BGR!) announced their plans for their annual Sweat With Your Sole Conference (SWYS) and Race Weekend. For the last five years, BGR! has hosted a two-day event in one city featuring a conference, race and other weekend events. This year, BGR! is remixing this event and bringing it to ten cities across the country! Registration opens on Friday, April 20.
“I am so excited to announce this year’s tour,” says Jay Ell Alexander, Owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!. “The tour is the perfect combination of physical activity and mental wellness and features different types of activity and information to include a 5K, hip hop cardio, nutrition education and much more.”
The SWYS The Remix tour will visit Raleigh, Jacksonville, Seattle, Washington DC, Sacramento, Chicago, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Charlotte and Atlanta. This annual event has quickly grown into a highly anticipated and popular healthy living event and will include interactive workshops, dynamic speakers and a vast amount of knowledge-sharing on running, health and nutrition.
Dwight Holt is an Atlanta based celebrity dance fitness instructor and founded Dance Your Pounds Off to help people dance off anything stopping them from truly living their best lives and being the best versions of themselves possible. Patrice Graham is the owner of Colors of Yoga in Raleigh. She fell in love with the inner peace that a yoga practice provides after starting a regular yoga practice in 2012. Tasha Turnbull is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, fitness nutrition specialist, motivational speaker and award-winning entrepreneur. After successfully losing 100 pounds on her own, she realized impacting lives through the sharing of her testimony was her calling. Tia Robinson is a holistic coach that uses meditation, positive psychology and stress management in her coaching practice.
The SWYS The Remix tour will kick-off on Saturday, June 2 in Raleigh, culminating in Atlanta on Saturday, October 6. For all Sweat With Your Sole updates and registration, visit www.sweatwithyoursole.com.