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IMAGINE...

Hundreds of Black Americans from around the nation, converging at a different marathon each year, offering encouragement and support to one another and providing scholarships to deserving high school distance runners!


Our Mission

The National Black Marathoners’ Association (NBMA) is the country's oldest and largest, not-for-profit organization of Black American distance runners. It is open to everyone, regardless of your athletic ability or previous marathon experience. (Over 40% of our members have never completed a marathon and many are walkers.) Our objectives are to:

  • Encourage Black Americans and others to pursue a healthy life-style through long distance running and walking.
  • Serve as a vehicle for Black American distance runners across the nation to meet in mass at a single marathon.
  • Recognize the accomplishments of Black American distance runners.
  • Provide scholarships to deserving high school boy and girl distance runners. (We’ve awarded over $30,000 in scholarships.)

If you run or walk outdoors, we suggest that you follow the CDC recommendations.


Who We Are

Click the image  to submit your application to join the NBMA Charity Running Team for the 2021 TCS  New York City Marathon.



Ted Corbitt "Black Heritage" US Postage Stamp Project

In 1978, the U. S. Postal Service, as part of its mission to “celebrate the people, events, and cultural milestones that are unique to our great nation,” created a new stamp series to honor African-Americans and the vital role they have played in U. S. history called the Black Heritage Stamp series. We want your support for a first class stamp for a first class person, Theodore “Ted” Corbitt. It's easy.

1. Click the button.
2. Print the letter.
3. Fill in your name and address.
4. Mail it to the address on the letter.

Thanks for your support.


National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame
Medal Series

To celebrate the NBMA's fifteen-year anniversary, we launched the National Black Distance Running Hall of Fame Medal Series with our sponsors, Ashworth Awards and the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. 
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The First NBMA Boston Marathon Team -  

2019 Women's Masters Division

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(Left to Right) Sandra Tezino, Beofra Butler (Team Captain), Jetola Anderson-Blair, and Laura Godfrey
This was also Beofra Butler's 100th marathon.

Click on the Image to Learn More

Inaugural 2018

Selma to Montgomery 51-Mile Relay

NBMA Team

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