Even though the pandemic is keeping us close to home, running solo and virtually connected, BGR! Nation is still growing and we are excited to welcome (back!) BGR! Spartanburg/Greenville to BGR! Nation!

Join me in welcoming their new Ambassador, Sha Dawkins!

My name is Shalonie Dawkins. I am the mother of two beautiful children whom are my pride and joy. I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Limestone College and worked in public administration for the State of South Carolina for 8 years until resigning to pursue entrepreneurship in the area of physical fitness!

While physical fitness has always been a part of my life, like many I placed it on the back burner after becoming a mother. Running has always been one of my favorite hobbies and in 2014 I began running in my leisure time and I have been running ever since!

I find running to be very relaxing and challenging at the same time! I am very passionate about others becoming physically fit and breaking the myth that black girls don’t run!!! I am excited to be a part of such an amazing organization!

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)!

Each year Black Girls RUN! establishes community race partnerships across the country to elevate BGR! Nation and the representation of African American women participating in races.

Earlier this year, BGR! Nation announced the Miami Marathon (February 8-9, 2020) as their first meetup of 2020 as part of a new partnership with the race. 

We are excited to now announce THREE new races to our 2020 meetup schedule for next year, including The Civil Rights Race Series Selma to Montgomery 51 Mile Relay (March 21, 2020) and Bike Race and the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon (April 25-26, 2020) and the Queens Pace 5K/10K by Pace Runs (July 2020). 


Each race will feature double bling opportunities or a special swag item for all BGR! members! BGR! Registration is now open for the Selma to Montgomery 51 Mile Relay and registration will open for the NJ Marathon in September. The Queens Pace Run registration will open in December. More information will be announced!

Selma to Montgomery 51 Mile Relay
The March 21, 2020 relay event will celebrate the 55th year anniversary of the bridge crossing. The Team Captain will go to the Run Sign Up registration page and click on the Sign Up tab. Enter your information or click on your name if you already have your information saved. Scroll down to BGR 51 Mile Relay or the BGR Virtual Relay to register. The virtual registrations are single sign ups. The cutoff date is November 21, 2019 to receive the BGR! double bling.

Media Contacts:
Jordan Titus / 952-229-7179 /

Focused on providing encouragement and resources to runners of all abilities, new partnership will bring more than 500 members to the annual event on Feb. 9

MIAMI, June 27, 2019 — The 2020 Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, owned and produced by Life Time, today announced a one year partnership with Black Girls RUN!, a national running group consisting of more than 250,000 members. The 2020 event on Feb. 9 will serve as a meet-up race for members of the running group and provide additional resources and encouragement to both new and veteran runners.

“Black Girls RUN! is a fitness resource for all women in their efforts to attain and maintain healthy and active lifestyles,” said Jay Ell Alexander, Owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!. “Providing meet-up experiences such as the Miami Marathon to our community of runners helps words become action – and allows us a platform to introduce our group to many others along the way. I anticipate upwards of 500 members to participate in this year’s race.”

According to the Black Girls RUN! website,

  • African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S.
  • About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.
  • With more than 70 running groups across the U.S., Black Girls RUN! has created a movement that encourages a healthy lifestyle.

“The founding mission of Black Girl’s RUN! to battle the obesity epidemic aligns with Life Time’s goal of supporting our communities and providing extraordinary event experiences that help our participants lead healthy, happy lives,” said Nicole Bostick, Senior Brand Manager, Miami Events, at Life Time. “Our 2020 Miami Marathon expects to welcome 20,000 runners of every age, ability and race, many of whom have overcome weight challenges of their own. We’re thrilled to welcome them to this event.”

In addition to serving as a meet-up event, Black Girls RUN! will have a presence at the Miami Marathon Expo and brand exposure on specially-designed finisher medals and apparel which will be designed collaboratively between both parties.

To register as part of the BGR! team, please click here for more information.

For more information about the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, visit

The Miami Marathon is owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. It is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned by the company, including the New York City Triathlon, the Chicago Triathlon, the Leadville Race Series and the Dirty Kanza.
About Life Time® – Healthy Way of Life

Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 143 destinations in 39 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation's only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages.For more information visit

About Black Girls RUN!

Black Girls RUN! is a national running group launched in 2009. The organization has grown to include more than 70 running groups across the nation with more than 250,000 members. The group was created to combat the obesity epidemic among women in the African- American community and dispel the myth that black women do not run. The groups include beginner and experienced runners and provide a support system to help members reach their fitness goals. Black Girls RUN! provides a community and inspires all women to run. For more information about Black Girls RUN!, visit

It has been THREE years since we last onboarded a new group within BGR! Nation! When our CEO, Jay Ell Alexander took over the company over a year ago, it was her mission to add on 10 new groups in 2019! Well, we are super excited to announce that BGR! Nation is growing with three new groups coming onboard in May! 

Please give a friendly welcome to BGR! Central Valley, California, BGR! Omaha, Nebraska and BGR! Annapolis, Maryland. These groups have Ambassadors chosen and will officially launch this summer with kickoff events in their local communities.

With the addition of these new groups, BGR! Nation now has 72 groups nationwide, covering 32 states. Check out our new BGR! Takeover tee to represent your city!

If you are interested in starting a BGR! group in your community, please fill out this form!



Black Girls RUN! is so excited to announce that the partnership with Run for Fun Cruise Tours will be continuing into 2020. BGR! just returned from their 5th BGR! cruise and want to keep the tradition and make more memories.
"Craig and Kim have become like family with BGR!", says Jay Ell Alexander, CEO/Founder of Black Girls RUN!. "This year was the first year I was able to participate and we had a great time, I knew I wanted to continue the tradition for years to come"
The BGR! Cruise will be headed to the Southern Caribbean, February 16-23, 2020 on the Norwegian Epic departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. There are 5K events scheduled at each of the ports, including Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Marteen and St. Thomas.
"We want to make this the best cruise yet in 2020, and are encouraging all of BGR! Nation to start planning now" says Alexander.
"Thank you to Jay Ell for her continued support of RFFC," says Craig Newton, Co-Founder and Race Director of Run for Fun Cruise Tours. "We have built such a rapport with BGR! Nation, and we are excited to have them back to join us in the Southern Caribbean."
Book now! You can book your BGR! Cruise with Run for Fun Cruise Tours now with a low refundable deposit of only $50 per person. So, now is the time to reserve your cabin!
For more information, please visit To book your stay for the BGR! Cruise, please call (toll free 1-833-RUN4FUN) (833) 786-4386 or email Kim Newton at  
Let's get ready to sail!

After five successful years of the Black Girls RUN! National Race and Conference Weekend, Black Girls RUN! will host its 2019 Sweat With Your Sole Weekend in Charlotte, NC, September 19-21, 2019. Conference registration will open in March.

The jam-packed weekend will kick off with a two-day conference starting on Thursday. The conference will include interactive workshops with nationally recognized trainers and fitness instructors and speakers, and a vast amount of knowledge-sharing on running, health, and nutrition. On Saturday, September 21, attendees will participate in our official SWYS Race, Race 13.1 Charlotte with an 8K or half marathon option. Later that evening, we will close out the weekend with our BGR! 10 Year Homecoming party.

“We are excited to host our national conference and race weekend back in Charlotte,’” says Jay Ell Alexander, owner of Black Girls RUN! “We will be celebrating 10 years on the pavement and this year's conference will be the best yet."

The ‘Sweat With Your Sole’ conference is open to Black Girls RUN! members and women who are interested in attending. Men and women are invited to attend the dinner and participate in the official race. The Race 13.1 Charlotte events are separate from the conference registration. Race registration is open now.

For all “Sweat With Your Sole” conference and race updates, visit You can also follow Black Girls RUN! on Twitter at @BlackGirlsRUN, and Instagram @officialblackgirlsrun, or use the hashtag #SWYS19.


RICHMOND, VA (November 21, 2018) - Black Girls RUN! (BGR!) is excited to announce the launch of the BGR! Foundation to support the ongoing growth of our local community groups and the national organization.

"For the last almost decade, Black Girls RUN! has operated as a for-profit business and this has presented limitations with the sustainability and expansion of the organization," says BGR! owner/CEO, Jay Ell Alexander. "Now with this new organizational structure, we will be able to fundraise and provide more resources and support for our communities."

Black Girls RUN! will continue to operate the national events and merchandise side of the organization, while the BGR! Foundation will work to identify and provide resources and programming at the local and regional levels. The BGR! Foundation is a 501(c)3 - nonprofit organization and received their designation in July.

The Facebook Community Leadership Program recently announced will support the BGR! Foundation side of the house and integrate training programs in local cities. More details about the launch of this grant will come soon.

The BGR! Foundation is supported by a Board of Directors that represent members from across the country and will provide sound direction as we take the organization to the next level. The Board of Directors held their first Board meeting in early November and are working on the strategic plan and budget to identify focus areas for the foundation. 

The first fundraising campaign will come on Giving Tuesday, November 27th with a goal to raise $5,000 through the organization's Facebook page. The BGR! Foundation will use all donations and grants to fund programs at the local level. Facebook will be matching donations for that 24 hours.

"It is my goal to provide every resource possible to a woman wanting to make a difference in her own life and get healthier," says Alexander. "From running shoes to registrations, BGR! Foundation wants to remove those barriers that impact the African American community."

For more information, please contact:

Black Girls RUN! is excited to announce that we have been selected as fellow in the first cohort of the Facebook Community Leadership Program.

Facebook created the Facebook Community Leadership Program to empower leaders who are building communities around the world. Today, Facebook announce the 115 people (representing 46 countries) who have been selected into the program as community leaders in residence, fellows and youth participants.

Since announcing the program in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world. A selection committee, which included employees as well as community experts from outside of Facebook, reviewed each application so we could identify leaders with a strong, clear and committed vision for their community.

Black Girls RUN! and new CEO/Owner, Jay Ell Alexander, will be participating in this year long program. The first meetup is October 9-12 in Menlo Park, CA! It is  my goal to pour these resources into the BGR! Foundation philanthropic efforts, create a BGR! app and begin our workforce development pipeline with this opportunity. When I tell you this is HUGE! It is HUGE!

With this putting us on an international stage, I really also hope to announce in 2019 our trademark being internationally registered, so we can begin the deployment of international groups (and establish more U.S. cities) next year with professional development opportunities and training to empower more women in the fitness/running industry.

We will keep you all posted as details develop! But, as always thank you for your prayers and support for the BGR! Movement!

Click here to see the full list of selected participants.

Click here to read the full Facebook release.

Black Girls RUN! is excited to announce the relaunch of our national alliance with Girls on the Run International. Partners since 2014 ,members of BGR! serve as Girls on the Run coaches, running buddies, and 5K volunteers with local Girls on the Run councils throughout the U.S. BGR! and Girls on the Run will be working together to serve more girls in the African American community while further engaging members as volunteer coaches.

"The partnership with Girls on the Run is just a natural fit," says Jay Ell Alexander, CEO and Owner of Black Girls RUN!. "Introducing these young girls to running and physical activity through an intentional curriculum designed to enhance girls’ social and emotional skills is crucial to the healthy growth of our community and Black Girls RUN!'s mission supports that."

Black Girls RUN! will support the organization with volunteers recruitment and promotion of its local events while collaborating on issues impacting our community.

“Girls on the Run is thrilled to join forces with Black Girls RUN! to inspire more girls to be joyful, healthy and confident,” says Heather Pressley, SVP of Mission Advancement for Girls on the Run International. “We are excited about this renewed partnership and look forward to working together to engage more girls and women of color in our life-changing programs.”

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. With more than 200 local councils in all 50 states, Girls on the Run serves over 200,000 girls annually. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.  With the largest 5K series by number of events in the world, Girls on the Run hosts more than 330 5Ks per year.

To find a local Girls on the Run council in your community, please visit,

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