The 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 create 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 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.

Runners in white jerseys cross a finish line together

2021 Goals

1. Support and promote Civil Rights Race Series events.

2. Collaborate around ideas for local activation and support for Civil Rights Race Series events within our Fleet Feet communities.

3. Continue discussions around ongoing support and content opportunities, such as our four-part podcast series supporting 1 Million Miles for Justice.

2020 Highlights

In 2020, Fleet Feet proudly supported the Civil Rights Race Series’ first virtual event, 1 Million Miles for Justice. Over 6.3K runners, walkers and cyclists representing all 50 states and 16 countries pledged to log at least 25 miles over two phases of the event in support of fighting injustices in the Black community.

The Civil Rights Race Series donated 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.

Last year alone, the following was accomplished:

  • 6.3K participants registered for the 1 Million Miles for Justice Event
  • More than 300,000 miles logged
  • Nearly $190K was raised for NAACP
  • Over $15K was raised for Black Girls RUN! Foundation
  • Over $15K was raised for the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum Foundation

Stay tuned for more Civil Rights Race Series Events in 2021.