Mid Strike Magazine

ISSUE #4

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Mid Strike Feature Runner

Ronald Joseph

Tells it Like It is

Trust the process, put in the work, and the results will follow. Ronald Joseph is one of those runners that can literally walk the walk and talk the talk. There’s a mutual respect I have for Ronald after speaking with him these past few months. Most people are intimidated by his honesty though it’s really that if there’s something that needs to be addressed Ronald will simply point it out. If it comes down to training he’ll simply give you pointers on how to become a better runner physically and mentally.


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We Are Our Ancestors: An Introduction to the Black Running Organization

By Keron Alleyne

The Black Running Organization, also known as BRO, is a run crew like no other. A safe haven for Black runners, men, and women, and a place where our past and future can grow. Based out in Baltimore City but a strong example to all near and far of the combination of identity, culture, and running. Always highlighting the fact that we are BLACK and powerful-LETSGROW!


Healthy Talks

with Cheryl Donald (Black Pearl Runs)

By Jesse Specs Spellman

Photos by RCS Images

Consistency is key when it comes to running. Depending on how consistent you are your results are based on what you put into running – which usually shows on race day. Through the years there are certain runners that stand out, those that are the most dedicated and the most consistent. As I write this it’s kind of funny because this is the time of year we would almost always pass each other on a training run or during a marathon


International Running with The Emancipation Run Crew

By Kimberley Str8Kim Williams

This month Mid Strike Magazine had the pleasure of speaking with The Emancipation Run Crew. The name alone speaks to what this crew is about. As ERC says a group of BAME runners (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) coming together to allow runners to find their freedom in running and their community.




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Jahira Davis Born to Run

By Ashley Toussaint

Some runners are born and some runners are made. In the case of Jahira Davis, she is definitely the former. Back in 2018, I founded The Running Edge Youth, a youth run club in Brooklyn. The very first runner was Jahira. She was was just 11 years old. I had become good friends with her parents Richard and Lois Davis, soon-to-be co-founders of The Running Edge Youth had been looking for a new track club for their daughter.




Samia Akbar Makes History at the 2006 NYC Marathon

By Curtis John

Samia Akbar is the fastest-known American-born Black female marathoner. Ever.  Akbar achieved this feat in one of the most popular, and toughest, of the world majors, the 2006 New York City Marathon.  Her time: 2:34:14. And what makes it extra-significant is that this was her first-ever marathon! 



Run Streaking with Alvin Taliaferro, Jr.

On March 1st 2020 Black Men Run NJ chapter member Alvin Taliaferro Jr embarked on a new journey taking him through 3 seasons and more than half the year. He passed his 200th day on September 15, 2020 and is still pushing on this current run streak. At the time of publication the streak sits at 247 days. Alvin has remained consistent and has continued to rack up the miles. This month’s run streak takes us to BMR south NJ chapter as we discuss Alvin’s current run streak.










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Malika Austin Running to the Life Of The Party

In our run community we are all runners at various stages and levels of our individual journey. There are some runners who have the need for speed, others that are middle of the pack, others that are simply there for the experience and thrill and then there’s The Life of The Party runners. Runners that essentially make every mile a party no matter what the distance is.



Mid Strike Magazine Podcast Feature: The Last Tenth with Coach Pilar

This months Podcast feature highlights The Last Tenth with Pilar Arthur-Snead. A runner and run coach based in Albany, NY. The Last Tenth is a podcast about everyday runners who are in some way or another doing extraordinary things. Pilar took some time to give us some insight into her podcast. Lets get to know Pilar and the Last Tenth a bit more.


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Black Business Spotlight with Prince Jenkins aka Young Vegan

Prince’s love for running has created avenues for new business ventures while also creating a lifestyle change as he switched to a full Vegan diet in 2016. For 4 ½ years Prince has mastered the art of vegan meals which has led him to starting his business Young Vegan. 



How to Improve Your 5K in 4 Weeks

Coach Toussaint

I remember my first 5k race. It was a warm January day in 2004. I was in my first year as a high school track coach. The outdoor season began in late February, so I decided to sign-up my distance runners for the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King 5k race, which happens each year on King holiday in the Liberty City section of Miami, Florida. It was a pre-season race for them, and I also wanted to challenge myself. I had never run more than 3 miles in my life up until that point. I actually did pretty well, running just under 24 minutes.


Voting is a Marathon (The Importance of Voting)

With Keron Alleyne

Keron Alleyne

You better go vote! People done marched, got their heads beat in so you could have this opportunity, so you better do it. Our ancestors died for you to have the right to vote! Quotes like these have been pelted at you and every other adult by politicians, pundits and so many well-meaning elders. Every four years the masses are bombarded with these quotes to the point where your responses may wreak of agitation and indifference. And if we’re being honest, you are either moved to vote or feel this exercise in democracy has largely become empty symbolism since voting in the past hasn’t resulted in the change you may need.


Gold Finger Track Club

Richard Scott

Finishing Strong: Richard Scotts Double BQ status in 2019

By Jesse Specs Spellman / Photos by RCS Images

As runners we all go through various stages in our run journey’s. Stages of growth, setbacks, struggles and successes. Very rarely do things tend to click all at the same time, where running can feel at ease, when everything sets in perfectly. Usually this comes when we least expect it as runners. For Richard Scott of Black Men Run NYC/NYC Way, 2019 for him is what sports would call a career high which all happened unexpectedly. Everyone knew Rich had the talent to get it done but it was just a matter of when, where and how it would happen.


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