Harlem Run members gather at 125th Street across from the Rite Aid on Lenox Avenue in an effort to get and stay fit.
“The first couple of months it was just me and my friend,” said Alison Desir, who started the group in 2013. “To be fair we started in the coldest months of the year.”
The group is now the largest and most active group in the neighborhood with between 20 and 30 people showing up for each event. They have 1000 followers on Facebook.
“As it’s developed I didn’t want it to be a group of gentrifiers,” Desir said. “[Running] breaks the ice. What’s even cooler now is seeing pictures of people hanging out or hearing people make plans with people they otherwise wouldn’t know.”
The organization has helped people lose weight and live healthier lives. On Father’s Day, one of their members ran a mile with his kids after losing 75 pounds. At the start of every run the group forms a large circle and each runner introduces themselves to the group. To avoid taking over the entire sidewalk, they run in twos.Click here to read the full post