National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame to induct Sika Henry

First African-American woman professional triathlete, two-time One City Marathon winner, and sub three-hour marathoner joins the hall of fame class at the 2022 National Black Marathoners Association Summit in Cincinnati.
Sika Henry
Sika Henry
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Oct. 6, 2021 - PRLog -- The National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA) is pleased to announce the induction of Sika Henry into the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held during the National Black Marathoners Association's Annual Summit at Cincinnati's Fly Pig Marathon Weekend on Saturday, April 30, 2022.

"Sika has been an active NBMA member for several years. We couldn't think of a more deserving multi-talented athlete and member to induct into the hall of fame," says NBMA Executive Director Tony Reed. "Sika graduated from Mount Saint Dominic High School (Caldwell, NJ) in 2001 where she was on the swim team for four years. While at Tufts University, she was a walk-on as a high jumper and became a NCAA Track and Field All-American before graduating with a BS in Economics in 2005. Her post-collegiate highlights include
  • Becoming the first African American woman to earn her professional triathlon card (2021)
  • 2021 Women's Pacer at HOKA's 100K World/American record attempt
  • 2020 Athlete of the Year - Outspoken: Women in Triathlon
  • 2019 IRONMAN World Championships Finisher
  • 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships Finisher
  • Five IRONMAN 70.3 Age-Group Podium Finisher
  • 2015 and 2016 One City Marathon Women's Champion
  • 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta – fastest run split (amateur women)
  • 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman – fastest run split (amateur women)
  • 2017 Tidewater Sprint Triathlon Women's Champion (5K run course record: 18:26)
  • 2015 Dallas Marathon – 4th Female

Personal Best
  • Marathon: 2:57:13

Sika says, "It is an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and join a list of exceptionally talented black distance runners. I have been inspired for years by previous inductees – Ted Corbitt, Marilyn Bevans, and Dick Gregory. They are true trailblazers. To be on the same list as them, and so many others who have had a tremendous impact on this sport, is incredible." More information about Sika is available at

Previously announced 2022 inductees include Chicago's Rainbow Runners Club and sub three-hour marathoners, Samia Akbar, Michele Tiff-Hill, Shawanna White, Ingrid Watters, Michele Bush-Cuke, and Shawanna White. Additional inductees will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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, as well as awarding college scholarships to deserving high school distance runners. It is open to everyone, regardless of his or her athletic ability, ethnic background, or previous marathon experience. The NBMA hosts an annual multi-race summit. Previous races and locations have been Lewis & Clark (St. Charles, MO), New Jersey (Long Branch, NJ), Cleveland (OH), Lost Dutchman (Apache Junction, AZ), Cowtown (Fort Worth, TX), Georgia (Atlanta), Bermuda International Race Weekend, Deadwood-Michelson (Deadwood, SD), Madison (WI), Richmond (VA), Windermere (Spokane, WA), Dallas, Columbus (OH), and the Go! St. Louis, Baltimore Running Festival, and Little Rock Marathons.

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