2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon

The 2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon ("BLMarathon") will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020. All donations will go to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Empowerment Programs.

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James Hickok

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James

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Sami

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Blair

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Maddie

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Devin

$500 / 9 donors

Nikol

$315 / 13 donors

Rachelle

$400 / 9 donors

Emma

$285 / 7 donors

Ricardo

$375 / 5 donors

Mike

$310 / 5 donors

George

$350 / 3 donors

Ashley

$210 / 5 donors

Event

Event Details

2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon

The 2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon ("BLMarathon") will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020, with the first wave to begin running at 9:00 AM. The course will be run as laps of Central Park so that runners and spectators can enjoy the race together! There are also half marathon, 10K, and virtual race options available. Runners who record their race on Strava can also use this as an opportunity to complete the 2020 Virtual TCS New York City Marathon (register July 28th). Please contact the following email address with any questions: [email protected]

Date & Time

Sat, October 24th 2020
9:00 AM EDT

Add to Calendar 2020-10-24 09:00:00 America/New_York 2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon The 2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon ("BLMarathon") will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2020, with the first wave to begin running at 9:00 AM. The course will be run as laps of Central Park so that runners and spectators can enjoy the race together! There are also half marathon, 10K, and virtual race options available. Runners who record their race on Strava can also use this as an opportunity to complete the 2020 Virtual TCS New York City Marathon (register July 28th). Please... Columbus Circle<br>Columbus Cir, New York, NY, USA

Location

Columbus Circle

Columbus Cir, New York, NY, USA

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RACE DAY LOGISTICS:

Where: Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park

When: 9AM

Please arrive early enough to warm up and prepare for a 9AM race start. We will try to wait for everyone to arrive before beginning, but please be on time. There will be photos taken at the start as well. Each race type will begin in waves in the following order: marathon, half marathon, 10K.

The Course:

The course will simply be laps of the Central Park Loop, each of which is approximately 6.1 miles. Finish lines will be marked for each race - please see the map below for reference. Bathrooms are also marked on the map.

10K: ~1 lap

Half Marathon: ~2.2 laps

Marathon: ~4.3 laps

What to Wear:

1. Black

2. More black

3. A mask is to be worn at all times as appropriate. Please be respectful of your proximity to other runners on Central Park Loop in accordance with social distancing rules in New York.

4. A bag drop will be at the start and we will have someone monitor your belongings while you run.

Food / Beverage:

Bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, bananas, water, and Gatorade will be provided at the start. This station will also be available on the Central Park loop so that runners can refuel during the race as needed.

Prizes:

The winner of each race type will receive $50 to spend on the Brooks Running website! Run fast!

Event Instagram Hashtag: #BLMarathon

Virtual Runners: Record your run on your fitness app of choice and send it in to me to repost! Take photos!





STORY

The troubling events of the past several months have culminated in the strongest movement that I have witnessed during my short 25 years. I certainly do not claim to have been a perfect citizen in navigating these events and conversations, and as a white male, I can honestly say that it has forced me to engage in intense self-reflection to uncover and acknowledge the biases that I have grown up with. I am grateful to have a diverse group of supportive friends that have welcomed conversations about race, injustice, and equality in America. This not only applies to conversations about race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, or religion, but to all humans subject to injustice. Currently, as the world reacts to the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others, I have found that my peers are processing what’s happening around them and what it might mean for their futures. We each now have the opportunity to play a role in creating our own future by affecting the narrative in our personal and professional communities. 

As many other avid runners are aware, most official races and marathons this year have been cancelled due to COVID-19. As a result, I could not ignore this opportunity to host an unofficial marathon on a smaller scale in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and thus capture two causes that I feel strongly about. We all have to play a role in this, and I personally love endurance events and want others to experience the feeling and lessons that I get participating in them - being outside, learning about yourself, and pushing your limits. Marathons in particular are filled with emotion as they test the will of runners and grip spectators over 26.2 miles, and also serve as a powerful force in uniting people from all walks of life. I am a firm believer that everyone is capable of running at least a half marathon with adequate training, and that becomes even more possible when you know there’s an army of other runners training alongside you, all united for a singular cause. I know that I will be thinking about this cause when I lace up my shoes for each training run.

Please join me in running the 2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon (the “BLMarathon”) on October 24, 2020 in New York City, with half marathon and virtual race options also available. My hope for this race is that it will be a powerful event and collection of human beings, all united together in conquering one cause through the medium of running.

Please register, donate, and share this fundraiser to spread the word, and most importantly, use this as a means to start and continue conversations on race with those in your community. 

All fundraising proceeds will go to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Empowerment Programs and will help further their mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. NAACP Empowerment Programs engage primarily in the training, education, and advocacy at the national and local levels, and utilize funds for the advancement of colored people in the following areas: federal advocacy, education, environmental and climate justice, health, economic opportunity, media diversity, criminal justice, and more. NAACP Empowerment Programs, Inc. is the NAACP's 501(c)(3) charitable entity, with the NAACP serving as the parent entity.

I do not claim to have any direct affiliation with the NAACP or Black Lives Matter. Participants are asked to remain flexible with regard to local COVID-19 guidelines and other related matters on race day. Participants will be asked to wear masks while running when appropriate. Water, food, and supplies will be provided at the start, but please prepare to the best of your ability. 

Please contact me with any questions or if you would like to serve as a volunteer on race day ([email protected]). 

Important Links

Learn more about the NAACP here and their Empowerment Programs here.

Learn more about Black Lives Matter here.

Link to Facebook event here.

Link to Strava Run Club here.


- Training programs for both full and half marathons can be found at the below links:

    - Nike Training Programs 

     - Hal Higdon Training Programs


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James Hickok received a new donation from Uncle Peter

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Proud of y’all

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Thanks for putting this together guys!

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Ashley Marshall received a new donation from James Marshall

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Well done, Shley!

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Great job Renee!

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James Hickok received a new donation from Hope Hickok

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$500

Very proud of you James. Love from Nana

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