Fierce First: All Black Female Team Readying For Relay

Fitness guru Donna Richardson Joyner has assembled the first all African-American female relay team to run in the mother of all relays, 32nd Annual Hood To Coast Relay in Portland, Oregon over Labor Day Weekend.

Joyner’s team, Witness To Fitness (named after a book by the same name she released earlier this year) will race in the overnight, long-distance run that is considered the largest relay race in the world.

“No African American team has ever completed the full 199 mile Hood to Coast Relay. Not only is my team an all African American team, but it’s also an all female team,” Joyner, the author of the book, “Witness To Fitness,” told

Donna Richardson Joyner

Joyner’s sisterhood of runners include singer Syleena Johnson (TV One’s “R&B Divas“), actress Nicole Ari Parker (“Soul Food”), fitness guru Adrienne Galloway, news producer Elizabeth Flores (NBC Miami), dentist Edwina Collins, personal trainer Jena Murphy, professional nurse Shanae Moody, housewife Charita Upkins, government executive Carra Wallace, school teacher Ngozi Uwah, and housewife Holly Robinson.

“It’s a diverse group of women and we’re so excited to embark on this journey together,” added Joyner. “This is a big deal and my girls are ready! We’re pumped up, prayed up and in the best shape of our lives!”

The Hood To Coast relay in Portland will have more than 13,000 participants in the run and raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event overall attracts more than 65,000 people.  A movie about the relay was released in theaters in 2011.

For details and updates on team Witness To Fitness visit them on YouTube at  For additional information on the race and to determine how you can make donations in their name to the American Cancer Society, go to

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