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 $13,000 in scholarships.)

Click on the 2015 NBMA Graduation Medal to make a donation and help us “Run a Mile and Save a Mind” for National Running Day (June 3).

2015 Nat Run Day Graduation Medal

Click here to read the November 15, 2014 USA Today’s article, entitled “Running Community Cites Boom Among Black Americans”, which was written by Melanie Eversley. NBMA members, including NBMA Historian, Gary Corbitt, and Executive Director, Anthony Reed, were interviewed. Click here to see the complete 2014 NBMA Short Survey Results Report.

Latest Press Release

NBMA Inducts New City’s Pioneer Club Into the Black Distance Runners Hall of Fame…Click Here to Read More

Pioneer Club - Yancey Family

Congratulations to Meb Keflezighi (right) for his fourth place finish and first American in the 2014 New York Marathon. He was also the first African-American to win a marathon medal (silver) in the 2004 Olympic Games and the first to win the 2014 Boston and 2009 New York City Marathons. He was the first American Boston Marathon winner in 31 years and the first African-American winner in the event’s 118 year history.

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Click here to read the latest NBMA newsletter

Members at the Tenth Annual NBMA Summit at Spokane’s 2014 Windermere Marathon and Half Marathon.

Many of our members belong to local running clubs throughout the USA. The Summits provide independent runners and running club members from around the country an opportunity to socialize and run. The runners experiences range from novices to 100-time marathon finishers. We’d like to congratulate our members, who placed in the Windermere Marathon.

Nathan Skipper
19th out of 420 overall
2nd in 50 to 54 male age group

Sajdah Ahmad
20th female out of 237
2nd in 30 to 34 female age group

Maurice Lee
2nd in 60 to 64 male age group

James Betts
2nd in 65 to 69 male age group


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.

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