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Lolita Bryant, Smyrna, TN
I want to join A.R.C. to take my running to the next level in order to provide education and empowerment to ladies of BGRNASHVILLE who are African Women in low income areas once COVID is over or manageable. I want to meet people where they are to assist with decreasing health disparities in the African community by empowering ladies to eat properly and move their bodies.
For me, on some days running is my therapy a time alone where I lay everything out on the pavement. Other times it social running with a friend or the joy of crossing the finish line and be in awe of what my body just did.
In the past I could not financially afford a $100.00 plus half marathon training program. Once I could afford (I guess putting on my credit card means I can afford), I was the only African American in my group and often times did not feel welcomed. The training was always held in an area of town that is considered upper income. The majority of ladies knew each other and I did not feel welcomed. Sometimes I would be the eldest in the group and did not feel embraced.
I would also really like to focus on improved cardiovascular health, improved blood pressure, increased bone density, reduced cholesterol and increased energy.
I aspire to be an agent for change in my community that community that looks like me. I want to provide hope, empowerment and inspiration to women who don’t think they are runners. I would like to continue to learn the best way/form to run so that I can train others to do the same. I want to provide resources so that the running community is not looked upon as an elite community but an all-inclusive community.
Niambi Lewis, Elk Grove, CA
I used to run 3-4 miles at least 3 times a week, and a long run if at least 8 miles at around a 13 minute mile. I had gotten down to around 12, even at my most fit could not break a 3 hour half. I’m applying to A.R.C. because now I'm mostly walking and wanting to run again.
Honestly, I just want to be able to keep presenting the best me to everyone I come in contact with. I'd love to eventually complete a full marathon. I’d also like to work on improved sleep, improved stress management and weight management through running. I want to continue to make my family proud my working to achieve equity in our world.
We believe in running. We believe in the strength of the women’s running community. Running not only empowers us, but has countless physical and mental benefits. Black Girls Run and A.R.C. (Active, Resolute, Connected) are partnering to bring more women to running and to support them on their running journey.
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