"Running While Black"
by Alison Désir


"Running While Black"
by Alison Désir

"Running While Black"
by Alison Mariella Désir

"Running While Black” is written by Alison Désir who draws from her experiences as a marginalized long-distance athlete, mental health advocate, and activist. Meet this inspiring author, join the conversation, and be a part of celebrating this extraordinary book.


Book Signing & Reading
at Gazelle Sports Birmingham
99 W. Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009

  • In-store book signing 11am-12pm
  • Book reading 12:00-12:30pm
  • Q & A 12:30pm-1pm

WeRun313 Community Shoe Drop and 5k/10k Group Run
5pm at Robert C. Valade Park
2670 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207
Join Playmakers, Gazelle Sports and WeRun313 in donating gently used shoes to those in need in the Metro Detroit community. Attendees will be entered into a raffle to receive a copy of “Running While Black.”

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Run/Walk with Run Tha City 517
8:30am at Uncovered Beauty Studio
1106 N Cedar St Suite 221B, Lansing, MI 48906

Book Signing + Meet & Greet
12-1pm at Socialight Society
5454 W Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917

Panel Discussion + Book Signing hosted by Tommie Runz
5pm at Playmakers
2299 W Grand River Ave, Okemos MI 48864

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Gazelle Sports Community Run and Panel
at Gazelle Sports Downtown Grand Rapids
hosted by Sammie Bennett
52 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids MI, 49503

Book Signing + Talk hosted by Run This Town Kalamazoo
4:30 pm at Gazelle Sports Kalamazoo
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Book Sales & Donation
Playmakers and Gazelle Sports will donate proceeds from sales of “Running While Black” to local Boys and Girls Clubs in each area.

About Alison Mariella Désir
Alison Mariella Désir is an endurance athlete, activist, and mental health advocate. Running saved Alison Mariella Désir’s life. At rock bottom and searching for meaning and structure, Désir started marathon training, finding that it vastly improved both her physical and mental health. Her book is a searing exposé on the whiteness of running, a supposedly egalitarian sport, and a call to reimagine the industry.

About Playmakers
Playmakers - running, walking & living in the greater Lansing community since 1981. We are committed to helping mid-Michigan move better & move more. We aim to provide an exceptional experience when you shop, work & participate with Playmakers. We encourage + welcome all to with us!