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What's Going on This Month?

Hey everyone! With the weather finally getting warmer (for the most part!) and race season upon us, we've got a whole lot going on. As always, we want to keep you in the loop so you don't miss any cool or exciting things going on #FOMO. So here's what should be on your radar for the next few weeks...


Marcus Garvey Park Cleanup
Saturday, May 14|  8:30-1pm

Every spot in Harlem is special to us, but MGP holds a pretty special piece of our hearts. Why? Cause we meet there every week!! It's also a beautiful and historic spot and it's the site of our Harlem One Miler! So, as a way to thank this park, we'll be volunteering as a group to clean-up the space.  Stay tuned for future community volunteer opportunities!

Additionally, Harlem Routes, a fun and unique scavenger hunt will be taking place right after that. Some participants will be heading over to that afterwards. Click Here to read more.

Photo Courtesy of Javie Gomez

Photo Courtesy of Javie Gomez

NYRR AirBnB Brooklyn Half Marathon
Saturday, May 21|  7am-Finish Line!

It's that time of year again! Brooklyn Half! We've got a huge group of people running this year's race. If you're one of them, you're in for an awesome day. If you're not running this year, we hope to see you at our Harlem Run Cheer Station. We will follow up with more details as the weeks go on, but definitely be prepared for lots of excitement, cheering, signage, and all around good times!

Memorial Day Picnic + Run
Monday, May 30|  2-7pm

What better way to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer than with a picnic, #HarlemRun style?! We'll be holding our annual picnic on the Great Hill inside Central Park (roughly 110th street, in the middle of east & west) and if you've been to one in the past, you know it's an event you can't miss out on! All are welcome, so bring friends, family, coworkers, you name it.

Please bring some food, drink, or game (and let's not overload on fruit this year!) to share with everyone. Click Here to RSVP to the Facebook event and write what you will be bringing so that we can coordinate.

Run will take place at 7pm as always!

We're so excited for all of the fun stuff coming up in May and early June, not to mention our Harlem One Miler on June 19th (Father's Day!). As always, we hope that you will all participate in all of our fun events and continue to spread the word about the movement. If you have ayn questions about anything that will be going on, feel free to drop them in the comments.

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Finding a Family in Harlem Run

 I want to start off by thanking Harlem Run for giving me the opportunity to write this blog and share my story with everyone. Harlem Run has made such an impact on me and to give back to the community in any way I can is very moving. I'm not only honored but definitely feeling the love. 

It takes one moment to make a decision; one moment to say 'no and never again' to something that has been getting you down! I did just that. 

I started my weight loss and running journey about 3 years ago. I was training hard and running all the time with two goals in mind: 1) to be fit and 2) to run my first marathon! All was going amazing I lost over 70 pounds through changing my diet and exercise and with each race I ran, I felt myself getting closer to completing my first marathon in 2015. 

All was going according to plan. Then, life hit and boy, did it hit hard! At the end of 2014, I lost my job of 13 years and I almost lost my dad. Faced with the responsibility of supporting my family, I was not only scared but I fell into somewhat of a depression. Needless to say, my fitness goals fell to the sidelines.

As 2015 rolled in, the trials and tribulations I was going through were extremely challenging, but with the help and support of family and friends, we managed. However, my weight started to creep up again and my running/training started dwindling. My heart wasn't in it anymore. My marathon was creeping up faster than I thought and I wasn't ready at all. Although I found an amazing job, I still felt like something was missing. My weight started creeping back and I hit a plateau that I thought I could never get over.

That Monday before the marathon, I was introduced to the Harlem Run family by my friend Odee. The love I felt that first night made something click in my heart.  That passion that I felt for running, fitness, and community came rushing back to me and I knew that I was officially back in the game! After I completed my first marathon in November 2015, I knew I had to make a change, and it was at that very moment that I told myself I will fight off this depression by saying no and never again!

After making this decision to be better, so many amazing things started happening. I started following a different diet plan, which helped me start living a healthier life and lose the weight I had put on. By coming a member of the Harlem Run family and attending the Monday Night Runs week in and week out, I became stronger by the day and gained a support system that's beyond amazing. I feel blessed to have met this amazing group of people that today, I can call family. Harlem Run allowed me to fall in love with running again and I will forever be thankful for that!