Black Men Run Madison helps reduce health disparities

The local chapter was established in 2015
Black Men Run Madison helps reduce health disparities
Photo courtesy of Black Men Run Madison

Black Men Run is a national organization, and the local chapter was established in 2015 as a program of the Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association, a nonprofit founded by Aaron Perry.

“We’re a brotherhood of men focused on maintaining and improving our health,” says Perry, who in 2005 became the first African-American insulin-dependent diabetic to complete an Ironman triathlon.

Perry knows that many young black men struggle with diabetes and high blood pressure – conditions that, when coupled with inactivity, can lead to early mortality. And as a member of the Dane County Gang Response Intervention Team, Perry knows that people of color have to first feel safe in the community before they’ll venture out to walk or run.

“We’re trying help reduce health disparities and improve outcomes, particularly for black men through Black Men Run,” he says.

Black Men Run Madison meets at 8 a.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of Henry Vilas Zoo before members start their run through the Arboretum. The group also meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at Olin Park.