(From Media Release)
National Black Marathoners Association to Host Running Workshop in Little Rock
(Little Rock, Ark.) In an effort to increase ethnic minority running, officials with the National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) announced today they are hosting a workshop on Nov. 11 in Little Rock, aimed at organizing ethnic running/walking clubs in Arkansas. The goal is to establish running or walking clubs in various faith-based organizations or ethnic minority communities.
“Ethnic minorities represent almost one-third of the U.S. population, but less than ten percent of core runners,” said Tony Reed, Executive Director of NBMA. “At the same time, ethnic minorities are more likely to suffer from the preventable diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease,” Reed added.
DETAILS OF THE WORKSHOP:
EVENT: National Black Marathoners Association Workshop
DATE: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017
TIME: 8:00 am-Noon CT
LOCATION: Centre at University Park
For more information on the NBMA workshop, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/organizing-an-ethnic-minority-runningwalking-club-workshop-tickets-38746248071
In this workshop, participants will learn about:
- The Economic Impact of Fitness
- History of Running & Running Organizations in the African-American Community
- Debunking The Myths About African-Americans and Running
- Selecting a Running Group Structure – Formal Clubs to Informal Social Media Groups
- Retaining Runners and Walkers
“These workshops will demonstrate how ethnic minorities can start and maintain running and walking programs to lower their healthcare expenses while improving their financial situation,” Reed said.
About NBMA The National Black Marathoners’ Association (NBMA) is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to encouraging Black Americans and others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through distance running and walking. It is open to everyone, regardless of his or her athletic ability or previous marathon experience. The NBMA hosts an annual multi-race summit. Previous races and locations have been Lewis & Clark (St. Charles, MO), New Jersey (Long Branch, NJ), Cleveland (OH), Lost Dutchman (Apache Junction, AZ), Cowtown (Fort Worth, TX), Georgia (Atlanta), Bermuda International Race Weekend, Deadwood-Michelson (Deadwood, SD), Madison (WI), Richmond (VA), Windermere (Spokane, WA) and Dallas Marathons.
For more information, please go to www.blackmarathoners.org