Join Black Girls Run! on Saturday, July 13 for a fun and information-packed day of health and fitness

Black+Girls+Run1Every marathon begins with a reason why and a single step. For Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks, the journey is about tackling an epidemic one city at a time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80 percent of African-American women are overweight.  Carey and Hicks couldn’t sit and watch this trend continue to grow. So in 2010, they took a single step that would change their lives for years to come, founding Black Girls RUN! to empower women to make healthy living a priority.

Since April 2010, Back Girls Run! has launched 69 running groups in 30 states, including Columbus. Of the more than 50,000 participants, 80 percent have run less than five years.

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Next month, the founders of Black Girls Run! are bringing a running party to Central Ohio. The “Preserve The Sex

y Tour” will arrive at the Ohio Union Saturday, July 13. This 13-city tour tries to take the mystery and anxiety out of starting a walking/running journey. The group’s founders will talk about everything from injury prevention to selecting the right shoes to hair care.
The event starts at 10. The full schedule is here. Those attending will also have a chance to participate in Black Girls RUN’s exclusive “Walk Before You RUN” program, which kick off shortly after the Columbus tour stop. Register before June 29 for only $20.

You can learn more about Black Girls Run! at their website. You can also follow them @BlackGirlsRUN on Twitter or see their stories firsthand on YouTube. If you haven’t taken your first step toward a healthier tomorrow, this is a good reason and great time to start.

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