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Black Girls RUN! is so excited to announce that the partnership with Run for Fun Cruise Tours will be continuing into 2020. BGR! just returned from their 5th BGR! cruise and want to keep the tradition and make more memories.
 
"Craig and Kim have become like family with BGR!", says Jay Ell Alexander, CEO/Founder of Black Girls RUN!. "This year was the first year I was able to participate and we had a great time, I knew I wanted to continue the tradition for years to come"
 
The BGR! Cruise will be headed to the Southern Caribbean, February 16-23, 2020 on the Norwegian Epic departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. There are 5K events scheduled at each of the ports, including Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Marteen and St. Thomas.
 
"We want to make this the best cruise yet in 2020, and are encouraging all of BGR! Nation to start planning now" says Alexander.
 
"Thank you to Jay Ell for her continued support of RFFC," says Craig Newton, Co-Founder and Race Director of Run for Fun Cruise Tours. "We have built such a rapport with BGR! Nation, and we are excited to have them back to join us in the Southern Caribbean."
Book now! You can book your BGR! Cruise with Run for Fun Cruise Tours now with a low refundable deposit of only $50 per person. So, now is the time to reserve your cabin!
 
For more information, please visit www.runforfuncruise.com. To book your stay for the BGR! Cruise, please call (toll free 1-833-RUN4FUN) (833) 786-4386 or email Kim Newton at knewton@runforfuncruise.com.  
Let's get ready to sail!

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.


For all “Sweat With Your Sole” conference and race updates, visit www.sweatwithyoursole.com. You can also follow Black Girls RUN! on Twitter at @BlackGirlsRUN, and Instagram @officialblackgirlsrun, or use the hashtag #SWYS19.

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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."

For more information, please contact: info@blackgirlsrun.com.



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!

Click here to see the full list of selected participants.

Click here to read the full Facebook release.

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.

HBCUAA is a 100% volunteer fundraiser and 100% of the proceeds go towards Metro-Atlanta and DC students attending or headed to an HBCU. To register for their June 30 races, please register by clicking below and using the following discount codes. Sign up for the BGR! team using discount code, BGRATL18 and BGRDC18.

Black Girls RUN! is so excited to announce that the partnership with Run for Fun Cruise Tours will be continuing into 2019. For the last year, BGR! has had a large group on their cruise in February and we want to keep the tradition and make more memories.
 
"Craig and Kim have become like family with BGR!", says Jay Ell Alexander, CEO/Founder of Black Girls RUN!. "I knew this was something that we had to continue and try to make bigger for next year."
 
The BGR! Cruise will be headed to the Caribbean, February 17-24, 2019 on the Norwegian Getaway departing from Miami. RFFC (is also) partnered with the Fort Lauderdale A1A Marathon & Half Marathon with runs/events scheduled for Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and Cozumel as well as the opportunity to participate in the 5K, 6K, Half or Full Marathon activities in Ft. Lauderdale at discounted rates! 
 
"We want to make this the best cruise yet in 2019," says Alexander.
 
"Thank you to Jay Ell for her continued support of RFFC," says Craig Newton, Co-Founder and Race Director of Run for Fun Cruise Tours. "We have built such a rapport with BGR! Nation, and we are excited to have them back to join us in the Caribbean."
Book now! You can book your BGR! Cruise with Run for Fun Cruise Tours now through May 17th for a low refundable deposit of only $50 per person. So, now is the time to reserve your cabin!
 
RFFC also has a cruise tour planned for Hawaii in October 2019. For more information, please visit www.runforfuncruise.com. To book your stay for the BGR! Cruise, please call (toll free 1-833-RUN4FUN) (833) 786-4386 or email Kim Newton at knewton@runforfuncruise.com.  
Let's get ready to sail!

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! 

xo,

ja

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!

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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.

The tour includes celebrity coaches, Dwight Holt of Dance Your Pounds Off, Patrice Graham of Colors of Yoga, Tasha Turnbull of T2 Fitness and Tia Robinson of Tia Robinson Coaching.

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.

 

(photo courtesy of BrooksRunning.com)

Dear Black Girls RUN! Nation,
When we created Black Girls RUN! in 2009, we had no idea that we were igniting a movement that would touch the lives of thousands of women across the country. We wanted to share our love of running with others, while directly addressing the health and well-being of our community. And, we've been able to accomplish that and so much more.
Each day, our amazing 200+ ambassadors work tirelessly to support and encourage women in their community to lace up their shoes, put one foot in front of the other, to not just log miles, but to put themselves first and to rightfully reclaim their health and their lives. Our 225,000+ members show up loud and proud rocking their BGR! gear to weekly group runs and races around the world -- crushing obstacles, changing the narrative and most importantly supporting each other through all of lives ups and downs. Both setting a great example and foundation for generations to come. 
For 9 years we've been vessels of this movement, and today we are excited to announce a new chapter of the organization. Jay Ell Alexander will be the new owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!. For many years Jay Ell has stood beside us building and growing this community. But she has been more than a colleague. She's become family. Without a doubt in our minds, she's the perfect person to carry on the legacy of Black Girls RUN! 
We always knew that the day would come when it was time for us to continue fulfilling our purpose beyond the four walls of Black Girls RUN! and we couldn't be more excited about what the future holds, for us, Jay Ell and the BGR! Nation. 
Today we stand as two immensely proud and grateful women. We'll forever be indebted to our ambassadors (past and present) and run coordinators for being the backbone of the organization, and to our members for supporting our vision and each other. 
With Jay Ell's leadership, we know that the legacy of Black Girls RUN! will continue on and that it will thrive in ways that we could never have imagined. As we pass the torch on, we will be forever grateful for all of the miles, heart and soul each and every one of you have poured into Black Girls RUN! But there’s still more to do, so many more lives to touch, and so many more miles to run. Keeping running, keep pushing the boundaries, and continue to preserve the sexy. 
With love,
Toni & Ashley