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 $50,000 in scholarships.)

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Who We Are

The new Run Show USA is heading to Chicago this June following an incredibly successful series of events in the UK. The expo for runners – scheduled for June 4-5, 2022, at DES Convention Center in Rosemont, IL – promises to give runners inspiration and expert advice while also bringing the community together.

Get your free tickets using the NBMA code and join us at the Chicago Run Show on June 4 and 5. NBMA co-founder and executive director, Tony Reed, will be speaking on Saturday, June 4 at 10:45AM, immediately after Carl Lewis, on the Inspiration Stage. Other speakers include Dean Karnazes, Aaron Perry, Dr. Raqaq Alebiosu, Gencie Crowell, and The Mirnavator. Click below to learn more and to get your free tickets.

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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Breaking Three Hours:

Trailblazing African-American Women Marathoners

The First NBMA Boston Marathon Team -  

2019 Women's Masters Division

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

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Inaugural 2018

Selma to Montgomery 51-Mile Relay