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Brothers on the Move!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 307,225 men in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, 7.9% of black men have coronary heart disease (CHD), and running (along with healthy eating) can be the best medicine for better health.
In less than a year, Black Men Run organization has made running and jogging cool for brothers!
Black Men Run, founded in 2013 by Jason L. Russell, Maurice Granger, Terry Gresham and Edward Walton. The group combines Brotherhood, Unity, and Health – making it one of the fastest growing athletic groups in the country with 30 affiliated groups nationally and one abroad in the United Kingdom. The all-volunteer organization has Chapter captains responsible for coordinating the local runs. Click here to check out local run events.
Russell calls himself a passionate runner and often found it hard to find other African American males to run with and noticed a lack of Black men running regularly in local races in the metro Atlanta area.
“It really started as a way to bring brothers together and fellowship. We had the most African American males register from any all male running group for the Georgia Publix marathon. There were close to 100 people on our team.”
The mission of Black Men Run is to encourage health and wellness among African American men by promoting a culture of running/jogging to stay fit resulting in “A Healthy Brotherhood.”
Mr. Russell says, “I have followed start ups in the IT space for many years and they like to use the term “disruption”. In my mind BlackMen Run is a “disruption” in the running community because people are not used to seeing a group of African American males run together for health and wellness in such large numbers. It has been motivating as well as inspirational to all involved.”
Black Men Run believes that running or jogging can change negative health trends and want to encourage African American males to get out and be active. The organization plans to ensure that members of each chapter are properly educated about how to become better runners.