Joseph Shayne and Jennifer Blalock stay on the run — just 26.2 miles a time. As co-owners of the membership-based running club We Run Kings, the couple provides structured programs for all abilities, whether you’re attempting a first 5k or training for your third marathon.
While Jennifer’s a longtime athlete who ran high school track in her hometown of Rome, Georgia, Joe, a native New Yorker, wasn’t always about that life. He started running seven years ago, after witnessing a friend’s transformation while training for the New York City Marathon. “He was a drinker and a smoker, and he stopped cold turkey to focus on the goal,” says Joe, 36. “Watching him get that focused drew me in.”
Although he now has 14 marathons under his belt, in his early days Joe often felt like an outlier in the world of competitive running. “The running community in New York City is vast, but when it came to training for races and specific goals, those groups weren’t geared toward people of color,” says Joe, who found either elite teams that were predominantly white or POC groups that concentrated on non-competitive, just-for-fun runs. Go to Black Owned Brooklyn to Read More