Ms. Fit Editor Jessica Young Chats with Black Girls Run co-founder Toni Carey
Ms. Fit: How did you become a runner?
Toni Carey: I started running in 2008. I had just experienced a bad breakdown and was relocating to a new city. I wanted to start a completely new chapter in my life, and focusing more on myself and my health were part of that new beginning.
MF: How did Black Girls Run come to exist?
TC: (BGR cofounder) Ashley (Hicks) and I would often have conversations about running and how we never saw many people of color participating in running groups or in road races. We wanted to create more dialogue to get more black women interested and bring to light the obesity epidemic affecting our community.
TC: Black women are the matriarch of the “black family,” yet statistically, we have the worst obesity rates and have higher incidences of chronic diseases. As the leader of the family we set the tone for how healthy (or unhealthy) our family is.
MF: What does BGR want or hope to teach black women, or all women?
TC: Everyone should make being healthy and living an active lifestyle a priority.
MF: Where are BGR chapters currently located? What does BGR want to achieve in its communities?
TC: We have 60 groups across the US. These groups give women a local support system to achieve whatever goals they have set for themselves.
To find out more about Black Girls Run, or to find the running group nearest you, visit www.blackgirlsrun.com.