Harlem One Miler Throwback Blog

The countdown to the 2017 Harlem One Miler has officially begun and REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Over the next few months, we'll be reminiscing on some of our favorite #H1 memories, and there is no better way to do that than to flashback to one of our favorite - and one of our first! - blog posts. Read on to flashback to some of the First Annual Harlem One Miler memories...

With all that life throws at you, it's easy to just relax and not help out. This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity of volunteering for Harlem United and Harlem Run’s first Harlem One-Miler. This opportunity allowed me to give back to the community and connect with people from all walks of life in NYC. 

It felt great cheering on all the different runners/walkers while ensuring that we were all taking care of our responsibilities. It was also great when we were approached by different runners who not only expressed their appreciation for the event, but also for how organized we were.

Overall, the excitement that comes with being social with everyone while still making healthy choices has me considering becoming a runner. We shall see what types of adventures Harlem Run/Harlem United takes me on next.

- Lisa, Volunteer

Due to an injury I was unable to run this Sunday. While I was upset at first, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I have ran several races before, but this was my opportunity to be "behind the scenes". I love Harlem and anything that uplifts it. The Harlem One-Miler and groups like Harlem United and Harlem Run do just that. Growing up in Harlem, I rarely got to see my community in such a positive light. Promoting fitness and well-being for everyone in our ever-changing community is wonderful.

Although I hate waking up so early in the morning on a weekend, volunteering for the Harlem 1 Miler was worth it. I got to meet new people and cheer on all different types of athletes. It was especially fun to cheer the little ones on. I invited several of my family and friends, many of whom are either new to fitness or are working on becoming healthier. This event gave them an opportunity to set a goal, build and boost their commitment to fitness, and introduce them to the world of running. To add the cherry onto the metaphorical sundae, this race also made our relationships stronger by giving us one more thing to relate to. Because of the sense of community and fitness, it was truly a perfect day in Harlem.

- Raydime, Volunteer

To say that I had a great time at the Harlem One-Miler would be a huge understatement. Aside from beaming with pride for my best friend and Harlem Run founder, Alison Desir, on the success of the event, I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone who came out on Sunday. As I struggled to make my way around the course in the thick, muggy heat, people from the surrounding neighborhoods were out on the sidelines, cheering and giving high-fives to all the runners. Their joyful smiles and the energy from the crowd at the finish line was contagious. I ended my race filled to the brim with the love and joy that I’d absorbed from everyone along my run. 

In 2013, Alison coined the motto “Find Meaning on the Run” and started a community-based movement to promote running and fitness as a means to achieve not only physical but also emotional well-being. I drew inspiration to start running from my dear friend and her brilliant motto and have learned so much about myself and life in general over the past 2 years. I didn’t win my heat or run my fastest mile on Sunday but that wasn’t the point.  Instead, I was reminded of the power of love and community and the ways in which they promote a sense of well-being, self-esteem and most importantly, joy on an individual level. I left the race on Sunday with a smile, grateful heart and a feeling of accomplishment. That's the biggest win I could ever hope for.

- Sasha, Participant