National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA)

July 04, 2012


RICHMOND, VA - The Sports Backers are excited to announce that the National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) will host its eighth annual marathon gathering at the Anthem Richmond Marathon on November 16, 2013. The NBMA serves as a vehicle for Black Americans to meet en mass at a single marathon, and the Sports Backers are thrilled to be selected as that destination. "Richmond has culture, charm and urban flare, married with a highly motivated base of fitness enthusiasts. We truly have the makings of a memorable experience for the members of the National Black Marathoners Association," said Dwight C. Jones, Mayor of Richmond. "We're really looking forward to our gathering in Richmond, VA," said Tony Reed, executive director of the National Black Marathoners Association. "We've heard nothing but great things about the city's hospitality and the race's organization." The NBMA also provides scholarships to a deserving high school boy and girl distance runner each year. The NBMA has members in 43 states and five countries. The National Theater will serve as host to the NBMA during the morning of the race. ABOUT NATIONAL BLACK MARATHONERS ASSOCIATION: The National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging Black Americans and others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through running and walking. It is open to everyone, regardless of athletic ability or previous marathon experience. The NBMA hosts an annual marathon gathering each year. Previous locations and events for the gathering have been Lewis & Clark Marathon (St. Charles, MO), New Jersey Marathon, Rite-Air Cleveland Marathon, Lost Dutchman Marathon (Apache, Junction, AZ), Cowtown Marathon (Fort Worth, TX), ING Georgia Marathon (Atlanta, GA), Bermuda International Race Weekend, and Deadwood-Michelson Marathon (Deadwood, SD). The NBMA's website is: ABOUT THE ANTHEM RICHMOND MARATHON: The Anthem Richmond Marathon, which will celebrate its 35th running in November 2012, is best known as "America's Friendliest Marathon." The 26.2-mile event features a great scenic course that takes you through some of Richmond's most historic neighborhoods, culminating with a downhill finish on the city's beautiful riverfront. On-course support featuring live bands, DJs, spirit groups and Party Zones guaranteed to give you that extra burst of energy. Unique features, including junk food stops and wet washcloths along the course. More information can be found at

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