Tell us about your involvement with Black Girls Run
I learned about the program through the fitness studio I owned at the time. I met a lot of ladies then, and one of them told me about the organization. There was a local chapter here starting up, and ladies would meet up for a walk or run and encourage each other.
I started going to one of the locations at 5 a.m., which was a struggle for me because I don’t like getting up that early. It was me and three of my other friends. We motivated each other and would carpool to Alabama A&M to run or walk. We did it consistently for about six months or more.
In the midst of it, one of the ladies had to step down from being the run leader. I became an alternate run leader in 2015, and eventually I stepped up to be the run lead. Then the local ambassador needed to step down. I decided to apply because if there wasn’t an ambassador here, there wouldn't be a program in Huntsville. I realized it was a great organization, and we really need it here.
Why is the organization so important to you?
There is a high rate of obesity in Huntsville. There is a problem of people not moving enough. This community needs to see how important it is to get moving, whether it be walking, running, lifting weights or eating healthy.