Even though that situation was a hinderance to our mission, we also had tremendous support from our friends and family and the community—local Asian non-profit organization Apex for Youth and their board members, the legendary urban running crew Bridgerunners and their founder, Mike Saes, the Silly Goose Adventure Club and their founder, and many others—all joined, coming all the way from Pennsylvania any beyond to join us for a couple of miles to take a stand with us.
I recently spoke about this at an event hosted by Racial Healing Hub and Harlem Wellness Center in Harlem. The urban running community has been and is currently healing racism. Here in New York City, people from all over the world have been meeting after work every week, greeting each other in different languages, sharing miles, then having ramen together.
Like Power Malu of Running to Protest says, “We may be diverse, but we are not divided,” and that’s how it should be in our world. I understand that reaching racial justice and equality is going to be more of a marathon than a sprint. But, like the famous African proverb said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
If we want to get there, we all must keep running and keep running together and I will do everything in my power to support them and keep them safe and healthy.
I can see the finish line already.
About the Author: Run Coach Kai is a USATF and RRCA Level I and II certified running coach based in Brooklyn, New York City. For the past eight years, Kai has been coaching thousands of everyday people to encourage them to start running in his Running Form Program. Since running his first 800-meter race at eight years old, Kai has completed more than 55 races and more than 15 marathons. He is “On a mission to holding your hand through your first run all the way to running your best marathon.” You can learn more about him at www.runcoachkai.com or on Instagram: @runcoachkai