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HISTORY IN THE MAKING

SUBSCRIBING TO THE NOTION THAT AMERICAN HISTORY CAN FUNDAMENTALLY EXIST AND BE EXPRESSED AUTHENTICALLY WITHOUT BLACK HISTORY IS A FALLACY. ALSO, BELIEVING THAT BLACK HISTORY IS ONLY MADE WHEN A BLACK PERSON DOES SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME, IS ALSO A FALLACY. HISTORY IS MADE IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS. HISTORY IS ALWAYS GROWING AND BEING CREATED IN THE PRESENT MOMENT.  THE ONES WHO WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY ARE THE LEADERS, THE ONES WHO TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO CREATE SOMETHING, AND EXECUTED IN A WAY THAT HELPED TO EMPOWER OTHERS.

DISTRICT RUNNING COLLECTIVE IS NOT THE FIRST RUNNING CREW, BUT THEY ARE CERTAINLY AN EXAMPLE OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING. THE GROUP, COMPRISED MOSTLY OF OF MILLENNIALS OF COLOR, SERVES AS THE LARGEST MEMBERSHIP BASED RUNNING GROUP. THE CAPTAINS SHARE THE LOAD AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ORGANIZING, LEADING AND MANAGING THE SOCIAL OUTINGS FOR THE GROUP, AS WELL AS THEIR RUNS AND OTHER VARIOUS GROUP ACTIVITIES. BUT WHAT MAKES DISTRICT RUNNING COLLECTIVE SUCH A FORCE IN THE RUNNING COMMUNITY IS THE GROUP’S GENUINE LOVE AND ENTHUSIASM FOR THE CULTURE OF RUNNING AND IT’S LIFESTYLE AS WHOLE. THE GROUP IS STRONG BECAUSE THEIR LEADERSHIP IS STRONG. MATT, ASHLEE, CLIFF, TAY, AARON, CLIF, LATOSHA, AND ALL OF THE OTHER CURRENT DRC CAPTAINS ALL ENCOMPASS AND PROJECT THE NEEDED QUALITIES TO HELP GROW A POWERFUL GROUP. THEY’RE OPEN MINDED, ENGAGED, RESPONSIBLE, AWARE, THOUGHTFUL, ASSERTIVE, CARING, HELPFUL, WILLING, AND FLEXIBLE.

I DON’T CO-SIGN MANY RUNNING CREWS. IN PART BECAUSE I AM AWARE THAT MANY OF THEM ARE SIMPLY NOT DOING ANYTHING CREATIVE OR UPLIFTING FOR THE RUNNING COMMUNITY. DRC IS NOT ONLY PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING RUNNING COOL, BUT THEY ARE ESPECIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR GIVING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THE GREATER URBAN RUNNING COMMUNITY A VOICE AND PRESENCE THAT IS NOT ONLY RESPECTED, BUT IMITATED AND SOUGHT AFTER. WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY FURTHERING THE PRECEDENT THAT WE TOO CAN DO THIS RUNNING LIFESTYLE SHIT, JUST AS GOOD AS ANYONE ELSE. DRC ISN'T LIKE ANYTHING ELSE EVER SEEN. THEY STAND ALONE AND ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE PACK WHEN IT COMES TO REPRESENTING THE COLORFUL AUTHENTICITY THAT HAS LONG BEEN BEEN IGNORED BY THE GREATER RUNNING COMMUNITY. FOR DECADES, PEOPLE OF COLOR HAVE BEEN EXPECTED AND LIMITED TO SPRINTING, AND OR ELITE LEVEL DISTANCE RUNNING. BUT TAKE A LOOK AROUND YOU. THE GREATER RUNNING COMMUNITY IS FAR MORE COLORFUL THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN. THAT WAS ON PURPOSE. THAT IS LEADERSHIP IN THE MOST PRACTICAL SENSE. AND DISTRICT RUNNING COLLECTIVE IS GREATLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AMAZINGLY REFRESHING ENERGY.

AMERICAN HISTORY CAN NOT BE TOLD AUTHENTICALLY WITHOUT A HONEST, DEEP DIVE INTO BLACK HISTORY. AND ONE CAN NOT TALK ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE GREATER URBAN RUNNING COMMUNITY WITHOUT MILLY ROCKING INTO THE NARRATIVE OF DISTRICT RUNNING COLLECTIVE. HISTORY IS SURELY IN THE MAKING MY FRIENDS. MAN WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE...AND RUNNING.