When it comes to running, especially as a Black or minority woman, we have not really been on the forefront on mainstream media, but this is changing. There are movements out there, such as RUNGRL, that are changing the narrative on how we think and view distance running.

Established in 2017, RUNGRL is a new-media platform that provides information, inspiration and celebration for the Black woman distance runner. With a strong focus on community, and by thoughtfully curating content that shares our voices and our stories, RUNGRL aims to change the existing narrative about what it means to be a runner.

RUNGRL recently wrapped up a six city Fall tour where they traveled along the East Coast to host 2-3 mile runs in select cities.

“We set out on the tour to spread the word about RUNGRL beyond our home base of Washington, D.C.,” Na’Tasha Jones, co-founder and Chief Content Officer at RUNGRL, stated. “Along the way we got to meet some phenomenal women who shared the same interests in healthy, active living and community support.”

Photo credit: Natasha Jones

Movements such as RUNGRL are needed in the community because they promote health and wellness. I was very intrigued by this media platform that I had to know more about the inspiration behind it. I got the chance to catch up with Jasmine Nesi, COO and Stephani Franklin, Chief Branding Officer. C

Check out the interview below:


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Naomi K. Bonman is an entertainment and community journalist based out of Southern California. She has been in the field for 11+ years. She has had the pleasure of interviewing big names, such as Kelly Rowland, Chante Moore, Sway Calloway, just name to name a few. She was recognized by the California State Assembly for her work as a News Reporter. Bonman holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism from Clark Atlanta University, as well as her Masters in Public Administration. She is the founder of Purposely Awakened (www.purposelyawakened.com) and she is also a screenwriter, author, and youth advocate.