We are one big running community and within that, we are many communities. This even more apparent to me now that I've entered the blogosphere. I wonder though, which communities do you consider yourself to be a part of?
A couple weeks ago, I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Determined to Be Fit, which included mention in THIS race re-cap post of a group called Black Girls Run. According to the website:
The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority.
It got me thinking about how sometimes I'm at a race and I get excited when I see a Latina. Not so much Latinos, but definitely Latinas. Sorry, I'm all about the girl power. How cool is that, to have this group, Black Girls Run, encouraging black women to get out and run, be healthy, and support each other?
In the Seattle area, you are much more likely to see Latinos and some other non-white groups (e.g., Asian American, Pacific Islander) running than African Americans but for the most part, we're a fairly homogenous running community in Seattle (white-looking, but not just due to the lack of sun). It's just the demographics of the area, I guess? I'm white but also a Mexican-American or Chicana, which is 1970's talk for someone of Mexican descent but a U.S. citizen. I'm a mix, I'm a mutt, a I'm a mixed-nut. Which makes me...just American I guess.
Anyway, I still can't help but get excited when I see people, especially young women, who appear to be Latinas. It's not always evident by just looking at someone (duh) but I still have to admit that it makes me feel encouraged for women and non-white women especially. Is that superficial?
Young women all around struggle with self esteem, weight, education, and many other social and economic issues and it's so uplifting to see WOMEN of all backgrounds out there pushing themselves.
Do any of you belong to groups that provide support to under-represented groups in health & fitness or otherwise? LBGT? Ethnic groups?
I'm curious what groups are out there and if anyone has heard of a running group that focuses on getting young Latinas together to encourage and celebrate health & fitness?