There are too many negative stories out there in the media about the worst of the worst, but when a positive story comes along, it’s placed on page six or the last page with the obituaries.
A community group called the Black Running organization has decided a community that runs together grows together. It’s just that simple and positive. The group had previously participated in races based in Chicago and Atlanta, and now they are working toward a race in their hometown in Baltimore.
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“Let’s Grow” are two words with a lot of meaning for the Baltimore running group.
“They (are) usually out there, yelling ‘Let’s grow, let’s grow, we see you sister, we see you brother,’ it’s really a beautiful experience,” runner Intea Deshields said. People who know the Black Running Organization or B.R.O., in Baltimore are quick to cheer them on by shouting their slogan, “Let’s Grow.”
“‘Let’s Grow’ as our motto is kind of that indication for people that they can come together with us, that they can be with us and be safe in the spaces that we’ve created,” Deshields said.
The BRO was founded in 2014 with the idea of bringing the community together. Isa Olufemi was the self-starter that saw a need for commitment. She said her plan was for “A grassroots community organization that uses running as (a) platform to organize black people in Baltimore and worldwide.”
What’s unique about this idea is that entire family members are involved. Husbands bring their wives and vice versa.
The group encourages all experience levels to join B.R.O. on its Unity Run every Saturday morning at nine at Patterson Park.
“It’s more than just about exercise and trying to be healthy, it’s about black people coming together and being unified,” runner Malik Jordan said.
“We just loved the community with them, so we stuck with it, we liked the challenge of being able to push ourselves and one another, so we stuck with it and the relationships have gotten stronger while we’re running, outside the run, it has been beautiful,” runner Bakari Kwento said.
“This is like a family, it’s really great to be together and with somebody to just run with you and encourage you the whole way through,” runner Akin Kwento said.
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