TAMPA, FL and RICHMOND, VA, August 15, 2020 (USF Connect).

RelieveIt and Black Girls RUN are pleased to announce they have entered into a partnership to promote healthy living and a pain-free active lifestyle by educating runners on the benefits of using natural products for overall wellness.

Black Girls RUN encourages new and veteran runners to combat the obesity epidemic through running. With 74 groups and 250,000 members the organization partner with races across the country bringing more representation to these events. Since Covid-19 the community has pivoted to a virtual program, utilizing a fitness calendar, challenges, and virtual runs to keep the members engaged.

“We are excited about this partnership with RelieveIt, as it pairs perfectly with our mission to living a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Jay Ell Anderson, Co-founder of Black Girls RUN. “Through their natural product to manage pain, our members will be able to sustain physical activity and be able to enjoy the pavement.”

RelieveIt is the first plant-derived anti-inflammatory drug discovery credited to a black-owned company in the history of the United States. Science was applied to innovate a natural, anti-inflammatory plant remedy to help address global health and wellness needs of the consumer. W. Caleb Williams, CEO/Founder of RelieveIt rediscovered a family remedy that his grandmother created in the late 1800s to treat pain on the island of Trinidad. Back then modern medicine was only available to aristocrats, so the common man relied on community healers like Mother Skinner, his grandmother who were skilled in the ways of traditional medicine practices.

Indicators from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states 80% of African-American women are overweight due to an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle. This combination often leads to chronic diseases and shorter lifespans.

“This partnership with Black Girls RUN is especially satisfying because their members have taken steps to achieve active and healthier lifestyles. This fits perfectly with the RelieveIt mission which is it to help make the world a healthier place by providing natural, safer, effective alternatives to drug products that have harmful side effects and those that only mask pain,” said W. Caleb Williams, CEO/Founder of RelieveIt.

For more information:

Name: Jodi McLean
Mobile: 727-460-5066
Social Media – IG & FB @Relievebefore


Attention BGR! Nation! We are counting on EVERYONE (Black, white, brown, blue and purple...)❤️to join us in this 30 day challenge starting June 15th to run/walk/bike at least 25 miles by July 15th!
The Civil Rights Race Series has teamed up with BGR!, The National Civil Rights Museum, GirlTrek, BMR and NBMA for the 1 Million Miles for Justice!

Register at the link in out bio for more info! Submit your mileage by 7/15 to count towards the 1 million miles!
Sign up for $25 and donate a $1 for each mile after that!
Proceeds benefit the NAACP!
Please share!
#letschangethenarrative #letsbethechange #blackgirlsrun #mylifematters #mybrotherskeeper #wedonedying


Hello BGR! Nation!
As a running community leader, many people have taken note of how BGR! has pivoted and shown leadership in these unprecedented times. Since March, we have suspended our group runs to make our safety priority above all. As cities and states across the country phase in a return-to-activities process, BGR! Nation is taking an approach that is uniform for all of our groups across the country.
Our current suspension of BGR! official and unofficial group runs is in place through May 31st.
The suspension of all BGR! group runs will continue through the month of June (through June 30th). We will assess the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic and provide an update on a month to month basis.
Even if you make your own personal choice to run in a group, we also ask that no group run pictures be posted to the Black Girls RUN! group pages as we think this sends a wrong message to the community. We strongly support virtual challenges and solo runs until it is safe for all. Any photos not following these guidelines will be removed.
We are continuing to encourage solo runs, including the use of masks as you deem appropriate in outdoor settings when approaching people and social distancing. Again, ALL of our group runs regardless of your current state/city mandates are suspended. This includes the 10 or less with social distancing rule. No BGR! group runs.
Nationally, we will continue to provide activities, such as free fitness sessions and virtual runs, etc. to foster our mission of making fitness and health living a priority in our community and sisterhood during this time. Our groups are doing a phenomenal job of keeping our members engaged through challenges, virtual meetups and positive motivation as well.
Our safest option is to stay close to home and run alone or with members of your household. The risk is far greater than the reward and we want to do our part to lead by example.
Let's all do our part - keeping all of us in prayer!

- Registration is OPEN! (no capacity)

- Includes shirt (will be mailed out within 5 days of registration) and invite to private Strava club
- Registration runs through June 7
- Challenge is April 27 - June 7
- Weekly mileage challenges for each level
- Random weekly members (not based on time) supports BGR! members small biz owners
- You can register at anytime - just start on the week you register
- You can add donation to your registration for Black Girls RUN Foundation


Hey BGR! Nation & Family! Hoping you and your families are healthy and well considering all of what is around us and the current state of our country.

In recent weeks, BGR! Nation has asked our groups across the country to practice social distancing and to cancel runs at the discretion of our local group leads.

As of today to show a unified front and consistent message amongst all of our groups, we ask that ALL of our groups regardless of your current state mandates cancel ALL group runs - official and unofficial. ***This includes the 10 or less with social distancing rule.*** No BGR! group runs.

The more we learn about this virus and the more we do not know, we see it is airborne and we have no idea really how far away we need to be from each other. Six feet is suggested, but arbitrary. Our safest option is to stay home and run alone.

Again, all BGR! group runs (official and unofficial) are cancelled until further notice. We want everyone to live to race and run as a family again.

Even if you make your own personal choice to run in a group, we also ask that no group run pictures be posted to the Black Girls RUN! group pages as we think this sends a wrong message to the community as BGR! is a leader in the running community. We strongly support virtual challenges and solo runs until it is safe for all.

Let's all do our part - keeping all of us in prayer! We will make it through!

Thank you and continue to 'Preserve the Sexy' (solo)!

Hey BGR! Family & Nation! I hope this message finds you well in the midst of the chaos around us. It is important during this time to be vigilant and proactive in your personal, physical and mental health. 

COVID-19 has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health. In the last few weeks, the World Health Organization has declared an international pandemic; travel from parts of the world to the U.S. has been extremely restricted; states across the country are curtailing events with large numbers of people attending resulting in numerous races being postponed/canceled. We advise you to monitor the status of any upcoming races you have. Please be patient and understanding with all of the races - everyone has been impacted. Our BGR! National calendar has changed as Selma to Montgomery has been canceled (returning in 2021) and the New Jersey Marathon has been postponed to November.

For our weekly community runs, we ask that you take precaution as well. Many of our groups have suspended runs until further notice. We advise everyone to stay home and proceed with solo runs at this time. Also, please adhere to the advisement of social distance and wash your hands frequently (sing Happy Birthday twice). The health and safety of everyone is priority.

From WHO “Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.”

We want everyone to be healthy, so please do your part! #blackgirlsrun

Hey BGR! Nation! We know you guys love some BGR! and linking up with women across the country! We have created THREE new subgroups within BGR! if you are interested in joining! Use this groups to network, learn about Ragnar, find teammates or roommates, share experiences and much more! 
BGR! Ragnarians (veteran and new Ragnar participants to share experience, find teams, etc.)
BGR! Sassy Seniors 60+ (our tried and true BGR! members active on the pavement)
BGR! Cruise Crew (old and new cruisers for those interested in attending future cruises/trips with BGR! members).

Twelve years ago, on a December night, I arrived at the emergency room suffering from severe abdominal pain. Prior to that night, I had suffered in silence for nearly 10 years with issues that affected my overall health and limited my ability to perform certain activities. From adolescence to adulthood, I experienced severe pain during my menstrual cycle. I felt like my body was working against me and that I had no control. The pain was unimaginable, and I felt like no one really understood what I was going through. Previous doctors dismissed the pain as bad menstrual cramps and told me to take pain relievers.

Arriving at the emergency room that night changed my life for the better. I was referred to a gynecologist that specialized in treating my illness, and he was truly a God send. I learned that I had an ovarian cyst and after weeks of waiting for the cyst to dissolve, the doctor scheduled me for a laparoscopy to remove the cyst. While I was in surgery, it was discovered that my condition was much more serious than expected. The simple laparoscopy turned into a more invasive procedure known as a laparotomy. My suffering finally had a name. Its name was endometriosis.

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month, and during this time of year I reflect on my journey, and I educate individuals about this debilitating disease. According to the Endometriosis Association, endometriosis is a painful disease that affects approximately 6.3 million women and girls in the United States. It is a disease where the endometrial tissue that lines the uterus is found outside of the uterus. Some of the places these implants can be found are on the ovaries and fallopian tubes. These implants can cause severe pain during a woman’s menstrual cycle, and they can cause infertility. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 30% to 50% of infertile women have endometriosis. It is a very common medical problem that affects many women and girls, and many do not even know they have endometriosis until they try to conceive; therefore, awareness of the disease is crucial. Some of the symptoms of endometriosis include back pain, heavy bleeding during menstruation, urinary and bowel problems, painful sex, and fatigue. Many women go undiagnosed for approximately 7 years before ever knowing they have the disease.

The disease affected me physically, mentally, and emotionally. I soon discovered that running was beneficial to combating the symptoms of the disease, and it was also beneficial to my soul. This epiphany led me on a journey to running for my health. Running then became my medicine. Of course, I did not always have that mindset.

As a child, I didn’t see myself as a runner nor had a desire to run. I considered myself more of an academician than an athlete. I was that girl that knew the atomic number, symbol, and name of all the elements on the periodic table. Now if you would have asked me what the acronym PR stood for; I would have been clueless. The few times I did run were because I was required to in order to complete an assignment. That included running from base to base as a softball player and running during PE. Who remembers those physical fitness tests from middle school that included the one-mile run? Oh, the memories! I had family and friends who ran cross country and track but participating in that activity never crossed my mind. I think I let my fear of not being good enough keep me from trying.

Well on August 17, 2010, that all changed. I embarked on a journey that would eventually change how I looked at running. Days earlier, my dear friend and sorority sister, Anita, asked me to join her on a run. I was hesitant at first because waking up at the crack of dawn to go running in a park was not my idea of a good time. Well after much convincing, she finally got me out to the park on that August day. I don’t remember much of that day, but I am pretty sure I was out of breath and doing more walking than running. In spite of my distaste for the activity, I kept going back. After each running session, I began to like this newfound hobby. I then decided to train for my first 5K later that year. The race I chose to complete was the Turkey Burner which was a race held in Montgomery, Alabama. After I completed the Turkey Burner, I developed a taste for more. I joined Black Girls RUN! Montgomery, and I was training and racing all of the time.

Now 9 years, 30 races, and 17 medals later, running is a passion of mine. Running is my addiction, but it is also my medicine. When I run, my physical and mental health improves. With every drop of sweat, I imagine the toxins exiting my body. My body is being repaired and rejuvenated with each step. I also use this time to meditate and renew my mind, and I gain more clarity about my life. My mind, body, and soul are nourished, and it is a beautiful experience. Endometriosis may have intended to cause harm, but God used running to cause healing.

Join BGR! Nation for our March Virtual Run to bring awareness to Endometriosis! Registration is open now!



Ragnar Sunset Santa Clarita, powered by Black Girls Run!, is our newest racing format and it’s coming October 17, 2020. What makes the Sunset series different? A smaller, 4-person team, less mileage than a typical Ragnar, just one day of running, and a whole lot of festival fun.

Join the adventure, starting Saturday afternoon at Central Park, the crowned jewel of Santa Clarita, just an hour away from downtown Los Angeles. Teams of 4 will try to outrun the sun relay-style on a 3.3-ish mile loops two times each. Together you will run 26-ish miles - that's a full marathon! Your goal? Finish before the sun sets.

This cross-country course will take you up hills (we’re talking a couple hundred yards of climbing) on a mixed terrain of wide, smooth packed dirt trails. You’ll get amazing views of the city and mountain vistas, and at its highest point, you can see the entire valley including the Village festival. The course is challenging, but it’s perfect for runners of all experience levels. So team up with anyone from your running fanatic best friend to your grandma.

When you're not running, you’ll be hanging out with your friends and lots of friendly strangers at the Ragnar Village festival. Teams can even set up sweet hangout spots around the Village. There will be live music, food, games, a beer garden, on-site parking, and other amazing features.

Use code BGRSUNSET for $40 off registration!

Black Girls RUN! Baltimore invites you to #OptOutside!

Whether it’s recycling, walking to the store vs. driving, taking the stairs vs. elevator or bringing our recyclable bags to the grocery store vs. using plastic bags, our daily choices have an impact on our environment. When you come out to a Black Girls RUN! weekly run, the choice you make to be healthier also has an impact on your community! Choosing to go for a run empowers the social and community wellness of your environment. There is so much power in running, and Black Girls RUN! Is proud to be taking part in #OptOutside on November 29th to continue to bring awareness about how we are changing our community one step, one mile and one healthier life at a time! Join us!

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