5 Things about Toni & Ashley:
Together, Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks-Rocha co-founded the groundbreaking grassroots organization Black Girls RUN! The idea for Black Girls RUN! sort of snowballed, born out of Toni & Ashley’s frustration with not seeing many black women in the running groups they joined and hearing negative reactions from within their own communities about running for fun.
They started a blog in 2009, then put out a call for blog followers to meet up at the Georgia Publix Marathon in 2011…and about a dozen women showed up. From there, Toni and Ashley encouraged women across the country to start meetups.
Now, there are over 160,000 women in their movement, lacing up and hitting the pavement all over the country. Each of the groups operates with the understanding of “no woman left behind.” Whether you walk, jog, or run during the meetups or race events, Black Girls RUN! group members will wait until every one crosses the finish line.
Quote from Toni: “…while it may be tempting to compare your running journey to others, realize that this is YOUR journey. You can go as fast (or slow) as you want…..as long as it’s what YOU want.” – Toni Carey Monday Inspiration via Black Girls Run
Quote from Ashley: “Whenever I’m challenging myself to something new, I keep saying…the blessing really is outside of your comfort zone. If you stay and do what you’re comfortable with you’ll never experience something new and incredible.” Ashley Hicks-Rocha via On Being