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Can’t stop thinking about how #AhmaudArbery case highlights the emptiness of universal claims of “jogging’s for everyone!”

The pastime + “the jogger” has been constructed as WHITE since the fad was born in 1960s/70s

A few reflections from my #fitnesshistory research /1
Most trace US jogging craze to very white Oregon run culture, w coach/Nike founder Bill Bowerman a major promoter in late 60s

When I visited Nike HQ, I was struck by how glaringly WHITE early images of the run brand were before basketball became a major product line in 1980s /2
But like many Americans excited about an inexpensive workout that beat heart disease, Af-Ams took up jogging. I’ve found plenty of refs to Black jogging clubs in these years

Even brands got in on it. In 1982 Ebony, this ad featuring a couple competing over their 5mi jog pace/3
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