Civil Rights Race Series
The Civil Rights Race Series is the first of its kind in developing races along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail honoring and highlighting major cities and historic events that took place during the civil rights movement. Race organizers Raynard Lawler, Vergil Chames, Mary Gooden, Patrick Towns and David Mahaffey focus their ongoing efforts on creating events that commemorate pivotal Civil Rights moments and places through education, wellness and economic development.
Open to cyclists, walkers and runners, the race series includes the Selma to Montgomery Relay and Bike Ride, the (rescheduled) Civil Rights Race Series Memphis "I Am A Human" 5k and Half Marathon, and the Riding Through the Flames of Freedom Race in Anniston, AL.
Fleet Feet is a proud supporter of the Civil Rights Race Series’ first virtual event, the 1 Million Miles for Justice. Runners, walkers and cyclists register for $25 and pledge to log at least 25 miles between June 15 and July 15 in support of fighting injustices in the Black community.
The Civil Rights Race Series will donate 90 percent of all net profits back to the NAACP, whose “We Are Done Dying” campaign empowers Black and Brown communities to take action against the senseless killings of Black Americans.
Fleet Feet joins the event’s supporters and partners, including the NAACP, Black Girls RUN!, National Black Marathoners Association, Major Taylor Cycling Group, GirlTrek, Black Girls Do Bike, Black Men Run, and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, in helping to achieve one million miles pledged.
We will use our platform to promote participation in the event, highlight notable leaders, places, and dates over the course of the month.