Basic Black on running for health, wellness, fitness and community

More and more people of color are taking up running for sport or for recreation. For some, it’s about building a supportive social community, while others hit the pavement for the mental and physical health benefits from exercise.

However, running still presents many obstacles that prevent people of color from achieving their fitness goals, including traffic in urban areas, unstable sidewalks and pavement, loose dogs, and lack of green spaces and parks that can prevent people from exercising in their neighborhood. But a dangerous environment is not the only reason for the runners’ hesitation. Ahmaud Arbery’s murder has added to black and brown runners’ fear of hypervigilant actors and unprovoked harassment.

This Patriot’s Day weekend, runners and spectators are thrilled with the return of the 126th annual Boston Marathon, which will also celebrate 50 years of women being allowed to run the race. Despite criticism the marathon has faced for its lack of diversity and representation in recent years, organizers are partnering with advocates and devising new initiatives and events to increase awareness of the sport within communities of color. .

This week on basic black, host Callie Crossley will be joined by Boston Athletic Association Board of Governors member Adrienne Benton; Thaddeus Miles, founder of HoodFit; Ruben Sança, Co-Chair of the Boston Running Collaborative’s Adult and Youth Running Cohort, BAA; and Dr. Charles Anderson, President and CEO of the Dimock Center.

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