Ep. 28
"Running While Black"

with Alison Désir

"That is absolutely the beauty of running for me, that it delivers wisdom, it delivers this deep sense of connection, and that’s why I wrote this book also, because I hope for everybody to be able to experience that."
– Alison Désir

For this episode, we talk with author and activist Alison M. Désir about her recently released book, Running While Black. The book itself, and the conversation, investigate complex and necessary topics like white spaces, the healing and hurting that can come from running, and what it means to share your experience. Alison is at the center of a conversation about how the culture around running can change for the better, and continues to share an inspiring story about the people leading the way.

You can find Alison on Instagram at @alisonmdesir or her website alisonmdesir.com

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About Alison

Named by Women’s Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world and by The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45, Alison is an endurance athlete, activist, and mental health advocate.  Alison is the founder of Harlem Run, Run 4 All Women, and co-chair of the newly formed Running Industry Diversity Coalition, which seeks to make the running industry more equitable and inclusive.  In 2020, Alison launched the highly successful Meaning Thru Movement Tour, a series of 9 virtual fitness and mental health events that featured widely sought after experts and fitness professionals. Passionate about community, mental health and fitness, Alison’s nickname, “powdered feet,” comes from the Haitian Kreyol saying, which describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder. Alison started running distance after a period of depression, and, over the past several years, has been able to Find Meaning on the Run.  When Alison is not running, she is working to resolve and speaking passionately about issues related to women and girls as well as mental health.





Alex Dickinson is a writer, runner, and a yoga and meditation teacher. He approaches running and yoga practice with a similar mindset—as ways to connect mind and body, explore internal and external landscapes, and simply feel better. He finds the pairing of the pursuits is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s his mission to share the gifts of these practices fairly and equitably, with a great deal of respect for the roots of the practice and those who have passed it down the generations.



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