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.
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The 5 and Diamond will be having specials on drinks and tasty dishes for Super Bowl Sunday in Harlem! Specials on mac ‘n cheese, wings (Asian and buffalo), ribs w/ coleslaw, fries and salad. Stop by if you are looking for a more intimate setting than a sports bar to watch the big game.
Watch World Cup Soccer at the 5 and Diamond on Harlem restaurant row with $5 Specials ~ Asian Wings / 5 and D Mac & Cheese / Meatballs / Cheese Fries / Margarita’s / Sangria and their International Gamer Drink Special !
The 5 and Diamond are open from 11:30 am until ….
2072 Frederick Douglass Blvd. NY, NY 10026
The world’s celebration of the World Cup in Brazil is a great opportunity to leverage the excitement and energy to help the Harlem community. Take a moment to learn about and support FC Harlem.
FC Harlem is a community youth development organization using “The World’s Game” as a platform to develop L.I.O.NS Leaders In Our Neighborhoods™
Their mission is to give underserved youth the skills and support they need to be fearless in life. They use soccer as the means to connect with young people both on and off the field. Through sport, they instill resilience, integrity, responsibility, compassion and a team mentality. Through academic and leadership programs, they deliver knowledge and experiences that propel young people to new levels of success. They serve youth in Harlem, Washington Heights and Bronx with a particular focus on our Black and Latino population.
Their vision is to envision a world in which all young people are entirely free to build successful, fulfilling lives; a world where they are encouraged and fully prepared to become global citizens, confident leaders and role models to their peers.
via FC HARLEM LIONS – ABOUT US.