Black Girls RUN! Ends First Installment of “Preserve the Sexy Tour” in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina

June 03, 2013


Black Girls RUN! Ends First Installment of “Preserve the Sexy Tour” in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina

June 3, 2013 --- Spartanburg County has identified obesity as the number one medical problem in South Carolina. Greenville/Spartanburg, SC, along with the rest of the state, has contributed obesity to poor health outcomes in the community. Data released in 2010 by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked South Carolina 5th highest among states with adults who are either obese or overweight. So, Black Girls RUN! is headed to Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C. for the last stop in the first installment of its “Preserve the Sexy Tour,” sponsored by ESSENCE magazine and Publix Supermarkets.

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 Greenville/Spartanburg tour stop will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Empowerment Zone (775 Woodruff Road Greenville, SC 29607).

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!.

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 June 8 Greenville/Spartanburg tour stop. Tickets are on sale online until June 7.

“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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