Athletes for Equality, Rock n' Roll USA Half-Marathon, Publix Georgia Half-Marathon and 5kPost submitted by Tommy Lodge, former HRC Membership Outreach Senior Manager

Over the weekend nearly 60 athletes participated in two events as Athletes for Equality.

Participants from nearly 15 states ran in Washington DC’s Rock n’ Roll USA Half-Marathon and Atlanta’s Publix Georgia Half-Marathon & 5k, all of whom raised money to support the work of the HRC Foundation.  Our athletes ran the gamut in terms of athletic and fundraising experience, but all had one thing in common – a commitment to equality that motivated them to push themselves beyond what they would normally do.

In Washington, D.C., athletes -- including Melissa Harris-Perry and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema -- were lucky enough to have the forecasted rain deluge for the most part hold off for their run. Members of the local Steering Committee hosted a pasta dinner the evening before, and cheered them along in the Adam’s Morgan neighborhood on Saturday morning. 

In Atlanta, our athletes spent nearly four days together as a team during the event’s health & fitness exposition, a pasta dinner on Saturday night, and to share stories Sunday at a local Mexican restaurant after the race.  The Atlanta Steering Committee also organized one of the event’s most visible cheering sections in the city’s scenic Piedmont Park, with the HRC flag flying high as nearly 15,000 runners ran by.

Want to get involved?  Next up for HRC’s Athletes for Equality program – team formation for the 38th Annual Marine Corps Marathon.  For more information on this race, or how to become an Athlete for Equality for any event of your choosing, visit

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