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 $19,000 in scholarships.)

The latest NBMA Newsletter is now available. Read about the 2015 NBMA International Summit at the Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon and the 2015 NBMA Summit with the Black Distance Runners Hall of Fame and Achievement Awards. Click on the photo below to read the issue.


Join the NBMA at the 2016 Columbus Marathon during the October 15 weekend. Registration for the races opens February 1. More information about the NBMA programs will be forthcoming. Click on the image to register.


Support our sponsors for the 2015 Annual Summit

Dallas Marathon LogoCigna LogoNBMA and Cooper Aerobics CenterPolar Logo SponsorSports Authority Logo

Special congratulations to NBMA member, Sika Henry, for winning the One City Marathon in Newport News, VA in 3:11:17 on March 15, 2015. And she placed fourth in the 2015 Dallas Marathon in 3:07:57 at the NBMA Annual Summit.

Sika Henry - Winning One City Marathon Editted

NBMA Boston Marathon runners were welcomed by the Dean of Boston City Council, Mr. Charles C. Yancey, at a pre-race meet-and-greet. This was Isaiah Douglas’ seventeenth time to this historic marathon.

Boston Yancey Article 2015

Congratulations are in order for Tuedon (Tee) Morgan. She completed marathons and half marathons on all seven continents, as well as the North Pole Marathon to raise scholarship funds and to bring awareness to the NBMA.

Tee Morgan - North Pole

Join us on National Running Day (June 3) to “Run a Mile and Save a Mind”.

2015 Nat Run Day Graduation Medal


Dr. Lori L. Martin’s book, entitled White Sports/Black Sports: Racial Disparities in Athletic Programs (Racism in American Institutions, is now available at Amazon. It references the NBMA.


Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to National Black Marathoners Association whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Just click on the image to begin your shopping experience.

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

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