Local running group uses Philadelphia Marathon to get ahead in life

Justin Udo
November 16, 2019 - 8:00 am

Black Men Run Philly

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) —  The Philadelphia Marathon is about a week away, and for the thousands who participate, the race is a chance to introduce the running sport to newcomers. 

Black Men Run Philly has about 25 group members who run together a few times a week. David Johnson is the captain. 

"It's not about running fast, or running long it's about getting out there, being a better version of yourself," said Johnson. 

He says too often black men put their health on the back burner, but their group helps promote a healthy lifestyle.

"We're not quick to run to a hospital to get checked out, so once you start running once you start feeling things with your body, you are more in tune to go to the hospital and say you know what, let me make sure that my heart can do what I'm asking it to do," Johnson continued. 

Next week Johnson and five other guys from the group are running in the Philadelphia Marathon.
 
He credits their group training with helping him as a runner--and a man.

"I'm a better father. I'm a better husband. I'm a better person because of it. I learn from these brothers. These brothers inspire me. I hope I inspire them."

Johnson says their club's name is a beacon for black men, because many do not know about larger running communities, but they welcome people of all races, and genders.