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.

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.)


National Running Day is June 3. Many runners use this opportunity to financially support their favorite charity, such as the NBMA. We’re the ONLY national Black running organization that gives back to the community by awarding college scholarships. Thanks to your donations, we’ve awarded over $19,000.

With a $36 donation, you’ll receive our three-inch 2016 Scholarship medallion. This year invite a non-running spouse, child, or friend to join you on June 3. Surprise them with a medal at the end of the run or walk. The medals will be shipped in time for the event.

THE 2015 MEDALS SOLD OUT!!! Click on the image to support college-bound students and order your medal.

Congratulations to NBMA member, Shawanna White, for her second place finish (2:56:36) at the 2016 Mercedes Benz Marathon in Birmingham, AL. Her other accomplishments included winning the 2012 Knoxville Marathon (2:58:09) and placing third in the 2015 Tallahassee Marathon (2:54:27).

Shawanna White - 2016 Mercedes Benz Marathon


Congratulations to NBMA member, Sika Henry, for winning the 2016 One City Marathon in Newport News, VA in 3:06:56. She also won the marathon 2015. And she placed fourth in the 2015 Dallas Marathon in 3:07:57 at the NBMA Annual Summit.

Sika Henry - 2ndOC Marathon Win

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 Logo


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.