project leader
Sheila G
Dumont Ave. & Herzel Street
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the project

Help us make this community race a reality!
The Brownsville Mile comes out of the success of the We Run Brownsville (WRB) women's running group; a group comprised of women who are beginning to novice runners. As both a way to pay it forward and as an intentional strategy for placemaking, the Brownsville Mile will serve as a great event to bring the neighborhood together.

Join us for a finish line festival and celebration.
A potential oasis in need of much repair, Betsy Head Park provides some green breathing room in an otherwise densely populated area that has historically been viewed as unsafe. In addition, improvements to this public space would have a correlated impact on public health. When Brownsville Milers experience the safety of the park, the support of neighbors and the encouragement of family and friends, they, too, will enjoy the benefits of living in a community with a functioning public space agenda. 

Your donation will be matched!
Donations to our project will be matched by the NY State Health Foundation. Thank you for your support!

the steps

  • Select date, location of race
  • Secure permits
  • Meet with local community board, parks department & local police
  • Select committee teams for race responsibilities
  • Secure medical team
  • Outreach for race - social media campaign
  • Create race logo
  • Order equipment
  • Order participant t-shirts & medals
  • Team status meetings
  • Final logistics meeting
  • Race Day


why we're doing it

Brownsville is a neighborhood with a lot of unmet needs.

Many families lack access to basic needs and basic services are inappropriately inadequate. Historical structural inequalities, decades of disinvestment and generational poverty have created crippling outcomes across an institutional continuum. Organizing a community race won't eliminate the deep poverty that is pervasive in Brownsville but our "active activism" advances an authentically visible resistance to a negative external narrative and co-creates a message of resilience and empowerment.

The Brownsville Mile will serve as an innovative and highly collaborative conduit for community building, promoting a sense of well being and as a scalable strategy for placemaking.


Disbursed budget (as of 4.16.18):

RAISED = $9,376.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $272.07

Original budget:

Race Participant shirts $2,000.00

Race participant medals $1,500.00

Race Logo design $1,500.00

Water/Snack for post race amenities $2,000.00

Signage: banners, poster $1,750.00

Race Announcer $250.00

ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $270
TOTAL TO RAISE ON ioby= $9,305



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