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Basic Black: Brothers and Sisters on the Run

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

Runners of color, specifically from Kenya have a long and visible presence in marathons around the country, including the Boston Marathon.  But a closer look reveals a low percentage of Americans of color who participate in marathon running.  Most American runners of color who advance in their sport become headliners in track and sprinting but where are the stars in marathon running?  As we head into the 118th Boston Marathon, Basic Black discusses reasons for the dearth of American runners of color in long distance running and the benefits (to the runner and the community) of improving the numbers.


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Basic Black After The Broadcast: Why Run?

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health | Politics

April 18, 2014

After the conversation, the panel discussed the health, cultural, and societal benefits of running as well as some of the challenges, i.e. running while black, so to speak...

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A Conversation with International Marathoner, Jaulik Watkins

Arts & Culture | Black Boston | Health

May 5, 2014

Being stopped at mile 25.5 in the 2013 Boston Marathon, Jaulik Watkins returned to Boston this year to complete what she started. Watkins, a Dallas native, never considered herself an athlete. As an unemployed college student in 2008, she took up running to keep herself busy. After her first marathon, she was hooked on the thrill of long distance racing.  As a member of the National Black Marathoners Association, Watkins has completed seven marathons throughout the U.S., Europe, and will pursue the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon in 2015. She joined us to discuss her experiences as a black woman running marathons, and being part of a network of other black marathon runners.


(Music: Reverie (small theme) by _ghost)

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