Running the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial the past 7 years, we’ve shared a sacred view of both the beauty and history of our nation’s capital. We have worked to create a diverse, inclusive, and safe community for everyone, but we understand we must be more intentional in improving our space so it is more reflective of our city. We grieve with the Black community over the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee and so many others — and we believe, wholly and unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter. Moving forward, we will strive to foster a truly diverse and inclusive environment while calling out and fighting against the systemic racism and injustice so deeply rooted in our society. We will do this by listening, learning, donating, voting and acting. This effort is going to take a community, one that shows up for one another and that holds each other accountable. We sincerely hope you’ll join us. We love you, DC.
Over the last few weeks we were approached by an old friend and community member at November Project who proposed we coordinate a Global Running Day event. They suggested a partnership that would encourage members to run a route that encompassed as many of their properties as possible. And for every mile we collectively ran, they would donate $1 to an organization of our choice. To us, this seemed like a win-win: in running as usual on Global Running Day, we would be able to raise money for, and therefore support, an organization that is meaningful to us. In that spirit, we tried to make something positive in the midst of a rapidly changing global situation. In retrospect, we tried too hard when we should have stopped and re-evaluated. Even though this didn’t work out, it has forced us to think more deeply about how we must continually be thoughtful about our decisions, and has also allowed us to see how we can be a better contributor to Baltimore as a whole, and a more inclusive and representative fitness community.