This week, I’m so excited to introduce you to endurance athlete, activist, and mental-health advocate Alison Mariella Désir. When Alison was at rock bottom, searching for meaning and structure, running and marathon training saved her life. It vastly improved her physical and mental health.
However, as she got deeper into the running community and she learned more about its history, she realized that the sport of running was largely constructed with white people in mind. So, to help make running more inclusive and welcoming to People of Color, she started blazing her own trail while raising money for and contributing to causes that really matter.
Alison Mariella Désir’s story is truly incredible, and what she’s done to educate and bring diversity to the running community is changing lives, so tune in this week to hear all about it. We’re discussing the paradigms that Black runners face, what we can do as a society to improve diversity, access, and equity in the running sphere and the world at large, and why this work will never end.
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- How Alison found running and what running means to her.
- The messaging Alison received her whole life about how track was for Black folks and long-distance running wasn’t.
- Where Alison drew inspiration from to start marathon training when she was at rock bottom.
- How moving her body brought physical and mental empowerment into Alison’s life.
- What motivated Alison to take her running journey and turn it into something way bigger than herself.
- The hurdles and pushback Alison encountered as a Black woman changing the running community.
- Why we may never be able to get rid of societal messaging, but we can recognize where we’re making unhelpful, unfair assumptions.
- How Alison is campaigning for wider participation and equitable access to races, instead of keeping big events limited to the select few.
- Why everybody on Earth stands to benefit from the dismantling of white supremacy.
- The lack of physical safety that Black people have to deal with even just running in their neighborhood.
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- Alison Mariella Désir: Website | Instagram | Twitter
- Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us by Alison Mariella Désir
- Running is My Therapy: Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier by Scott Douglas
- Running Industry Diversity Coalition
- Meaning Thru Movement
- Harlem Run
- Run 4 All Women
- Brooks Running
- Black Voters Matter
- Planned Parenthood
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