Running Program Aims to Boost Engagement in Charlottesville Communities
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A new running program in Charlottesville is hoping to do more than just get people get in shape.
Run These Streets is an initiative to get people into traditionally African American communities, and get those neighborhoods active. The program is free and open to anyone. Organizers say this is all about bringing together people from all walks of life.
"One of the most beautiful parts and aspects of all of this is when we're running through the neighborhoods and you see people standing outside, cheering us on, I think it does something therapeutic for the community," organizer and City Councilor Wes Bellamy said.
"There's a lot of importance behind it because you want to show people, you know, that they can do it too. We see a lot of people running, but we see a lot of people who can't identify with certain people," runner Terrance Sampson said.
"The second you get here, you get awake because these guys will be cheering you on up every single hill,” said Mindy Goodall, Charlottesville Police Foundation. “I think it's really important to just be unified in Charlottesville, to really show we're part of the same team."
The run takes people through two African American communities, a historically-black cemetery, and several black-owned businesses.
The runners meet at the Jefferson School at 6:30 a.m. every Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday. You can also join the #RunTheseSreets 4 Miler.