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.
Our 5K l 10k course is a flat, fast, scenic course along MLK Drive perfect for new and seasoned runners/walkers alike.
Race Day: Saturday, September 30th at 7:30am
Race Start: Martin Luther King Drive (West River Drive) / Schuylkill Banks (The race site is a short walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.)
GPS / Walking Address is ... Schuylkill Trail Connector, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
The Sweat With Your Sole 5K l 10K course takes place on Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia. It is a flat, fast course out and back through the park along the Schuylkill River. The 5K and 10K courses are certified by USA Track & Field.
Race Packet Pick Up & Onsite Registration:
Friday – September 29th from 9:30am – 6:30pm
WHERE: Philadelphia Loews Hotel
Parking & Shuttles:
If you are driving, there is parking at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
SHUTTLE TIMES: Shuttle service to the race site starts at 6:00 AM, leaving from the Philadelphia Loews Hotel. The last shuttle leaves for the race site at 7:00 AM. After the race, return shuttles back to the hotel will begin service at 8:30 AM and run continuously until 11:00 AM.
GRAB YOUR RUNNING CREW AND RUN THE SWEAT WITH YOUR SOLE 5K/10K
Running Groups Earn $5 Per Person Registered
Ain't no fun if the friends can't have none! At least when it comes to running the Sweat With Your Sole 5K/10! We're inviting all the running groups and crews to run with us on September 30! Create a team, and we'll give your group $5 per race participant (after the 20th person that registers).
Email JayEll.Alexander@BlackGirlsRUN.com to create a team or more details.
Dear BGR! Members-
We have made the difficult decision to close our Black Girls RUN! All Access membership service.
Having first launched Black Girls RUN! All Access in 2015 with moderate participation, we decided to reintroduce the service at the beginning of 2016, with added benefits and perks to make the program more beneficial for members. Over time, we’ve had several members take advantage of the service, however, were not able to make BGR! All Access a viable membership program and service for members.
We want to thank BGR! All Access members for their support. It has been a wonderful opportunity to provide even more membership benefits and perks to BGR! members across the country. For those who were looking forward to taking advantage of the program, we’re sorry we are no longer able to offer this service.
As of today, you will no longer be able to purchase BGR! All Access. Current yearly and monthly subscribers will continue to receive their membership perks and benefits for the duration of their membership term. We will continue to add discounts and honor any BGR! discounts for the full term of your membership based on the date BGR! All Access was purchased. The service will not change. The only change will be that BGR! All Access will no longer be available for purchase.
Again, thank you so much for your support and your continued support of Black Girls RUN! If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Founder, Black Girls RUN!
Faith.Hope.Love. Mom Conference on November 7, in Atlanta? Early bird special ends today!
Here are 5 reasons that will inspire you to register today:
1. Our Speakers Are Moms and Caretakers Too
There’s something to be said about a good message, but there’s something to be remembered about a great message delivered by a person who has walked in your shoes. Our speakers are unlike any and getting them together in the same room for one day will be unmatched. From these women, you’ll learn things you can actually use and apply to your life.
2. It’s the Chance to Meet Like-minded Women.
There’s something about being in a room with like-minded people. And there’s something even more powerful about being in a room with moms, stepmoms, aunts, and caretakers. She knows what you’re going through because she has been there. She shares your concerns and uncertainties because she lived them too. Wonderful things happen when women get together in support of one another. There is an energy that is unlike no other.
3. Break Out Your Comfort Zone
It’s so easy to sit in the comfort of our homes and dispense “likes” or “shares” – which as we know social media is a powerful tool. But to live your life different, to live your life anew we have to try something different. There are many women who face the same challenges you face every day. Solidarity has a name, and it’s the women you'll meet at FHL Mom Conference.
Oh, and if you’re terrified of the idea of coming alone, see #5.
4. Invest In Yourself
As we go about our day, we see one another at work, in the grocery line, pumping gas, chauffeuring our kids to practice – and it’s beautiful. It’s a wonderfulness that will only last a short while. But while we are here, in this space to show up 110% for our families we must recharge, it’s that simple. Take a much-deserved break as we enter the hectic holiday season.
5. Bring a mom who deserves it!
Take your neighbor or best friend or sister or co-worker by the hand and give her a day of renewal. You won’t regret it.
Black Girls RUN! Concierge is back and will be in full effect at select events on our national race calendar! What is Black Girls RUN! Concierge? Simply put, it's an opportunity for BGR! members to earn extra bling and a special gift when they run select events on our national race meetup calendar.
Once you register for the race of your choice, register for Black Girls RUN! Concierge to receive:
Black Girls RUN! will be available at the following events: