National Black Marathoners Association and Boston Athletic Association Partnership
The NBMA has been on the forefront of fighting discrimination and racism in distance running for over fifteen years, while recognizing the accomplishments of African-American runners. Our race number logo is based on Juneteenth. It reads, "1865 – Free to Run." 1865 is year that the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery, was ratified by Congress. Afterwards, Black Americans were "free to run." The National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame includes notable figures in Boston Marathon's history.
"We at the B.A.A. are delighted to partner with NBMA, both on the entries that Tony describes, and through other contributions that we will be able to make to NBMA and its programs going forward," said Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Athletic Association, noting further that "those discussions are already underway."
About the National Black Marathoners Association
The National Black Marathoners' Association (NBMA) is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to encouraging African Americans and others to pursue a healthy lifestyle through distance running and walking. It is open to everyone, regardless of his or her athletic ability, ethnic background, or previous marathon experience. For more information visit www.BlackMarathoners.org.
National Black Marathoners Association