Hundreds of Black Americans from around the nation, converging at a different marathon each year, offering encouragement and support to one another and providing scholarships to deserving high school distance runners!


Our Mission

The National Black Marathoners’ Association (NBMA) is the coiuntry's oldest and largest, not-for-profit organization of Black distance runners. 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.
  • Recognize the accomplishments of Black American distance runners.
  • Provide scholarships to deserving high school boy and girl distance runners. (We’ve awarded over $30,000 in scholarships.)

Who We Are

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