What are you doing tomorrow, Saturday, June 24th? Showing the world what strength actually looks like during Global Sports Bra Squad Day? HELL YEAH YOU ARE!
The #SportsBraSquad started as a way for women to ditch their shirts along with their insecurities, and show the world what strength looks like. In 2015, the National Eating Disorders Association found that 70% of women don’t like their bodies. 70%! That’s a disappointing and frustrating statistic and the only way we can combat the self loathing and disappointment women feel towards their bodies is to change the way we see strength!
But ditching your shirt for the first time can feel terrifying! There's strength in numbers which is why on June 24th, Sports Bra Squads in 5 countries and over 50 cities will be coming together to show the world that our bodies are strong as hell!
TitleNine Colorado Springs (9am 210 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
New York City! (with me!!!!)
But if you're going to be in New York City on June 24th, join me for a 2.5 mile run/walk and a post run discussion! DETAILS!
Where? We will be meeting at Finish Line Physical Therapy at 3pm.
To check out the route, CLICK HERE.
Will there be bag drop? YES!
Do you need to run in a sports bra? NO WAY! Only if you'd like to!
Is this women only? HELL NO. MEN, we need your support!
Can I bring my children? PLEASE DO!
Are all athletic levels welcome? YES!
It's supposed to rain, are we still running. YES WE ARE!
Will there be a kick ass panel on strength, women in sport, and the body positivity movement? YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT! Joining the panel will be...
Me! Kelly Roberts!
You may know Kelly Roberts from her popular blog and podcast "Run, Selfie, Repeat". A force in the body positivity movement, Kelly created the #SportsBraSquad initiative in 2016 encouraging women to ditch their shirts and their insecurities and show the world what strength actually looks like. She was named by Women's Running and Competitor magazines as a woman who is changing the sport of running and is currently on the July 2017 cover of Women’s Running Magazine. The self-proclaimed former President of the "I hate running club" encourages runners of all different athletic levels to set impossible goals and find a way to laugh through the pain. "Running isn't impossible, it just isn't easy. But through running, I've found a way to remind myself that even in the hardest times, as long as you can put one foot in front of the other and find a way to laugh through the pain, anything is possible."
LAURA J INGALLS began her career as a professional actress at the age of 22 and was blessed to enjoy 10 years of great success on the stage. However, at the age of 23, an inspired moment of weight-loss induced insanity at a pig roast sparked a second passion and career path in the field of wellness, coaching, personal training, and holistic health. After leaving the theater world at 32, she worked for several years in corporate wellness until 2016, when she co-founded Vivacious Life, LLC, a business that offers online and in person wellbeing programs and retreats for women. In addition to Vivacious Life, Laura is a personal trainer at the Greater Boston YMCA, a running coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and a public speaker. Her book, “F#@k Skinny: How I Quit Dieting & Found My Health,” is available on Amazon. She recently gave a TEDx talk titled, “Forget Skinny. It’s About Healthy," was featured by Reebok in a documentary, and hosts a weekly podcast, #VivaLaDiva, on iTunes. Laura is a runner, an ultra distance triathlete, and proud member of the #SportsBraSquad. You can learn more about Laura at her website, laurajingalls.com.
April Cargill, 53 years old, was born and raised in Harlem, NY and is the mother of teenage son Aubrey. As a fashion industry veteran for the past 31 years, April currently is the Director of Production for Shoshanna and has worked under notable names such as Isaac Mizrahi and Vivienne Tam. April began running at her local YMCA 7 years ago, after finally kicking her smoking habit of over 25 years. “I just ran for cardio because I was worried I would gain weight and I also wanted to improve my health and lifestyle. It quickly became a daily habit. I ran for an hour at least 6 days a week and became close friends with an amazing runner, Suzanne Nabavi.” It wasn’t until November 2014 when April went to cheer on Sue for her first Marathon that she was inspired by all of the energy that not only Sue had, but the thousands of runners at the race. April was eager to get out there and following Sue’s guidance, April signed up for the NYC Half Marathon in 2015 and since then, April has run 2 full marathons, 8 half marathons and countless races at smaller mileages. April is a core member of both November Project and Harlem Run, both free community fitness movements. April is one of 5 ambassadors of PS You Got This, the brainchild of supermodel Candice Huffine. A group dedicated to encourage women of all ages, backgrounds and at any fitness abilities to start running. The most heartfelt achievement of all is that she inspired her son Aubrey, freshman at Cardinal Hays High School, to take part in her training groups, nun several NYRR road races, and is now running with the Varsity team at his school.
Whitney McFadden is a third year PhD student and psychiatry resident at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine here in NYC. She treats patients with depression, anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Her research focuses on uncovering heritable and environmental effects on the genome in order to understand psychiatric disease with an emphasis on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Her current projects aims to create a human brain map of cells to better understand how our mind works. Her interest in the science of psychiatry began as a child when her father (a current psychiatrist) taught her about the power of the brain and her mother (astronomer) taught her about space science. She became passionate about exploring the brain and our genetic blueprint to help us understand our health in the context of the body, mind, and behavior.