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 country's oldest and largest, not-for-profit organization of Black American 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 $50,000 in scholarships.)

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Join Us in 2023!!!

Our host hotel is

Homewood Suites by Hilton Jackson Fondren Medical District
2815 North State Street Jackson, MS 39216
Direct: 1 601 633 2772
  • Free Parking
  • Free Hot Breakfast
  • Free WiFi
Our meet and greet will occur in the hotel's dining area on Friday, February 24 from 5PM to 7PM.
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Dates: 02/24/2023 - 02/26/2023 (When booking reservations, please make sure the actual dates for arrival and departure are accurate.)
Cutoff Date: 02/02/2023

Who We Are

National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame
Medal Series

To celebrate the NBMA's fifteen-year anniversary, we launched the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame Medal Series with our sponsors, Ashworth Awards and the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. 

Check out the award winning documentary

Breaking Three Hours:

Trailblazing African-American Women Marathoners

The First NBMA Boston Marathon Team -  

2019 Women's Masters Division

(Left to Right) Sandra Tezino, Beofra Butler (Team Captain), Jetola Anderson-Blair, and Laura Godfrey
This was also Beofra Butler's 100th marathon.

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Inaugural 2018

Selma to Montgomery 51-Mile Relay