“Run for Justice means equality, equity, and inclusion in running. We know that running is a tool to create change, especially in communities of color. The community we bring together can echo through generations and can inspire more people to start running,” says Maria Solis Belizaire, founder of Latinos Run.
Latinos Run held the first Run for Justice 5K in 2018 as a response to Hurricane Maria and immigration issues. “We wanted to make a strong statement about the lack of response to hurricane victims as well as address systemic injustices that affect communities of color,” Belizaire says.
For the 2020 Run for Justice, Latinos Run teamed up with Black Men Run after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
“The Run for Justice 5K event is important because not only are we building community, but we’re using our feet to let our voices be heard and advocate for justice for all,” explains Rafael Ortiz, National Co-Caption of Black Men Run.
“Black Men Run is more than just a running club. We are a social network of influence that positively impacts communities and culture. Run For Justice is one of the ways we do that. It’s an honor to join forces with runners of all cultures and stand in unity for a great cause.”