Black Girls RUN! Preserves the Sexy in the City with Soul

May 09, 2013


Jackson, Miss., is Sixth Stop on Black Girls RUN!’s “Preserve the Sexy Tour”

The City with Soul, as Jackson is known, is steeped in a rich heritage of food and southern hospitality. Jackson, Miss., along with the rest of the state, also has become identified by skyrocketing rates of obesity. So, Black Girls RUN! is headed to Jackson for the sixth stop on its “Preserve the Sexy Tour,” sponsored by ESSENCE magazine.

This tour is traveling to cities in the “Stroke Belt,” which have some of the highest obesity rates in the United States, to host one-day health and fitness clinics. The Jackson tour stop will be held on Saturday, May 11 at the Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Avenue Jackson, Miss. 39213).

The Preserve The Sexy Tour will feature Black Girls RUN!’s unique “Walk Before You RUN!” training program, guiding women in their journey from walking to running. Participants will also receive information and tools on choosing the best running gear, hair maintenance tips, nutrition and healthy eating, and more. Q Parker (member of R&B group, 112), singer and fitness enthusiast, will also be the featured guest speaker.

“The rate of adults and children diagnosed as overweight or obese are staggering. It will take a collaborative effort with the community to build a healthier city and state,” said Ashley Hicks, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!.

Upcoming “Preserve the Sexy” tour stops include:

May 11 – Jackson, Miss.

June 8 – Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.

The tour is open to beginner runners, walkers, non-Black Girls RUN! members and current Black Girls RUN! members. Participants attending the Preserve The Sexy Tour will receive a comprehensive toolkit to get them out of the door and onto the pavement.  Click here to register for the May 11, Jackson, Miss. tour stop. Tickets are on sale online until May 10.

“Too many women have been intimidated by the idea of running because they started out too fast or went too hard. We want to provide women who are interested in running the solid foundation they need to get started in a fun, relaxing atmosphere,” said Toni Carey, co-founder of Black Girls RUN!. “With the ‘Preserve the Sexy Tour’ we want to encourage African-American women in areas with high obesity rates to embark on a healthy lifestyle, and reach out to our local communities to enhance its focus on obesity prevention all levels.”

For all “Preserve the Sexy Tour” updates and to register for the event, visit You can also follow Black Girls RUN! on Twitter at @BlackGirlsRUN or use the hashtag #PTST13.

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