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MCRRC Featured Runners Series: Black History Month Panel

Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 PM


Hosted by: The MCRRC Inclusion and Equity Committee

#RunningWhileBlack: From Wilma Rudolph to Ahmaud Arbery

The MCRRC Featured Runners Series hosted by the Inclusion and Equity Committee is proud to present its first Black History Month Panel, featuring three special guests who, in their own way, have paved the way for runners both locally and nationally. As Black women leaders, they are role models and an inspiration to Black women in the sport of running, and to the growing, diverse running community in Montgomery County and across the nation. MCRRC is honored to host Jean Arthur, Kathryn “Brooke” Walter-Conte, and Jay Ell Alexander as we commemorate Black History Month. The panel will discuss the history of Running While Black from the past (Wilma Rudolph) to the Black Lives Matter era (Ahmaud Arbery). Our Panel moderator is MCRRC member Sylvie Bello.


For Registrants:

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  • This event will be recorded.
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When: Feb 22, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Black History Month Panel – an MCRRC Featured Runner Series Event

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Jean Arthur served six years as president of MCRRC and was the race director of Pike’s Peek for seven years. Jean continues to serve the running community through volunteering at MCRRC races and is on the board and organizing committee of the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. She also served on the board of the Road Runners Club of America from 2013-2020.

Kathryn “Brooke” Walters-Conte is a lifelong Montgomery County resident who graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1996 where she was a cheerleader, swam and ran track. After finishing undergraduate studies she took up distance running to keep up her prior level of fitness. After training solo for years, she finally joined MCRRC in 2017. She has since completed the Summer Half-Marathon program three times, as well as a round of Speed Development. When she is not running, Dr. Walters-Conte teaches science and entrepreneurship at American University and spends time riding bikes with her husband and two children.

Jay Ell Alexander has established herself as a public relations and communications professional with a true commitment to community engagement through her passion for health and fitness. She is the owner of The Vaughn Strategy, a public relations consulting business and also serves as the owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!, after serving as their brand manager for six years. Alexander has worked in the communications industry since 2008, including positions with the United States Department of Agriculture, BET, City of Richmond, City of Petersburg, The Balm In Gilead and Bank of America. A native of Norfolk, Va., Mrs. Alexander graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and minor in Spanish. She also received a Master of Science degree in Strategic Public Relations from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. Mrs. Alexander has a passion for running, loves shopping and traveling. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Public Relations Society of American Richmond chapter. She resides in Richmond, Va. with her husband, Chris, son Chris Jr. and their dog, Luna.



Thank you to MCRRC’s Inclusion and Equity Committee for working to create our first Featured Runner Series!

Our first conversation featured running legend and Olympian Meb Keflezighi.  The interview and interactive discussion was moderated by MCRRC member Kelyn Soong.

Find the full video here.