Hundreds of Black Americans from around the nation

  • Converging at a different marathon each year,
  • Wearing red or lime green jerseys and black shorts,
  • Offering encouragement and support to one another, and
  • Providing scholarships to deserving high school distance runners.

Here’s how you may help us to achieve this goal.

Our Mission

The National Black Marathoners’ Association (NBMA) is a not-for-profit organization. It is open to everyone, regardless of your athletic ability or previous marathon experience. (Over 40% of our members have never completed a marathon and many are walkers.) Our objectives are to

  • Encourage Black Americans and others to pursue a healthy life-style through long distance running and walking.
  • Serve as a vehicle for Black American distance runners across the nation to meet in mass at a single marathon.
  • Provide scholarships to deserving high school boy and girl distance runners. (We’ve awarded over $10,000 in scholarships.)

Congratulations to the 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi (right). He not only became the first American winner in 31 years, but the first African-American winner in the event’s 118 year history. He was also the first African-American to win a marathon medal (silver) in the 2004 Olympic Games and the first to win the New York City Marathon in 2009.

The NBMA completed its Annual Summit and Hall of Fame Banquet at November’s Richmond (VA) Marathon. This Summit and Hall of Fame made the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Also, Hall of Fame honoree, Marilyn Bevans (below), will be featured in the January, 2014 edition of Runners World magazine. Click on the image to see more photos from the weekend.

Keep up with your fellow members on our Facebook group page.

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