A group of runners gathers in mixed positions of standing and squatting. There are about 50 smiling faces. Behind them are two shipping containers painted to look like the Ukraine Flag. A blue container is on top and a yellow one on the bottom. The foreground is a muddy gray parking lot with a puddle.

Inspired by Prolyfyck Run Crew out of Charlottesville, Virginia, in the summer of 2022, Erin started a safe space run club in Asheville. The group started with just a few people and grew to about 10 who met each Friday morning at a different location around Asheville. Over time, it became too good of a thing to keep to ourselves so we opened it up to the community. The first community run took place on February 25th, 2023 and there were about 55 people, runners and walkers, in attendance! Keep up with us on Instagram at @ashevilleruncrew and @authenticasheville

The next BIPOC+LGBTQ+Ally Run will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2023.

Start time: 8:30am
Location: YWCA
Pace: 5K @ 11-minute miles for runners, 1.5 miles for walkers
Spanish interpretation is provided

Walkers are welcome and will have their own separate route that meets back up with the runners. There will be a group photo at the end.


Participation is FREE, a waiver is required for all participants.
There is a waiver for Adults and one for those 18 and Under.

Please send all waivers back electronically to or bring it with you on the day-of the event.



For more info on these runs, follow @authenticasheville and @e.mcgrady on Instagram as we’ll post information leading up to the runs on these channels.

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