Written by Phil Cerroni
Black Girls RUN! (BGR), a grassroots, national organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles in minority women through exercise and proper diet, held its area clinic at the Irving Convention Center on June 29. One of many clinics around the nation, the event featured a running expert from REI, motivational speeches from BGR co-founder Toni Cary and a rousing Zumba finale.
From humble beginnings four years ago, BGR has grown to 60,000 members spread among 70 groups around the United States. Although it promotes running together, the organization goes beyond jogging. It aims to create lifestyle changes.
“It really is about creating a regimen that is maintainable, because it doesn’t make sense to go hard for six weeks then you slack off for 12, and so it really is making it a part of your life, not just something that quickly fades away after three months,” Cary said.