Black Girls RUN! was created in 2009 by Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks in an effort to tackle the growing obesity epidemic in the African-American community and provide encouragement and resources to both new and veteran runners. Toni Carey, a native of Nashville, Tenn., discovered her love for running (and vegetarianism) in 2008. She considers herself an experienced runner and will complete her first marathon this year. Ashley Hicks hails from Evans, Ga. As a former soccer player, Ashley began running to maintain an active lifestyle and to achieve, what seemed impossible, the New York City Marathon (which she did in 2009). The two have been recognized locally and nationally for their work to combat obesity in the African-American community. They were recently profiled by Runner’s World magazine, espnW, The Tennessean and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and appeared on The Michael Baisden Show. They were also named to Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list, The Grio’s Class of 2012 list, nominated as “Best Blogger” by Shape Magazine and named as one of the“30 Black Bloggers You Should Know,” by TheRoot.com
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