For Healthy Births
The HaRUNbee 5K is the first U.S. Track and Field certified 5K to bring awareness towards the racial disparities in birth outcomes in the U.S. In, 2020, the 5th Annual HaRUNbee 5K will take place right in the heart of Bronzeville Milwaukee.
Get your running shoes ready!
Due to COVID-19, this year, we are transitioning to a VIRTUAL 5K to ensure the safety of our participants. We are encouraging you to continue to register but look forward to completing this 5K in your own neighborhoods, across the nation!
Saturday, August 1st, 2020
Originally organized by the HaRUNbee planning committee by way of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, the mission of the HaRUNbee Walk/Run is to promote wellness by encouraging families to stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically.
In 2012, The Harambee neighborhood had the 2nd highest rate of infant mortality in the city of Milwaukee, and African American babies are 3 times more likely to die than Caucasian babies. In 2016, 88 babies died in the city as a whole. According to the 2017 City of Milwaukee Fetal Infant Mortality Review Report, leading risk factors that caused deaths were premature births, obesity and infections.
Now Organized by the National Coalition for Healthy Black Families, Inc., we want to generate engagement of the community by bringing all ages and all races together internally as well as surrounding neighborhoods outside the Harambee community for a Walk/Run.
With our 5th year in 2020, we aim to continue to partner with the City of Milwaukee and Bronzeville Week. This year's goal is to reach participation from the whole Milwaukee County and beyond. We will continue to make a difference for years to come by encouraging healthy birth outcomes in our city, county, state and nation.
On August 1st, 2020, Our 5k will be virtual due to COVID-19.
What does a virtual 5K look like?
Participants will receive their shirts, bibs, medals and additional swag, 2 weeks prior to August 1st. We encourage you to complete a 3.18 mile walk/run in your neighborhood, wearing your HaRUNbee t-shirts. Heavy social media posting will be necessary to make a statement. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook at @harunbee5k for future tips, workout plans, and further instructions of how to complete this virtual 5K.
To become a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Tonda Thompson via email or phone at email@example.com and (414) 617-7033.
Facts About Infant Mortality
Infant Mortality and African Americans
African Americans have 2.2 times the infant mortality rate as non-Hispanic whites. African American infants are 3.2 times as likely to die from complications related to low birth weight as compared to non-Hispanic white infants.
Why is the infant mortality rate so high in the US?
Premature births are the biggest factor in explaining the United States' high infant mortality rate. Pre-term births can have many different maternal causes, many of which—such as high blood pressure, diabetes, Zika and other infections and age—are not entirely within an expectant mother's control.
The five leading causes of infant death in the U.S. in 2017 according to the CDC.
Preterm birth and low birth weight.
Maternal pregnancy complications.
Sudden infant death syndrome.
Injuries (e.g., suffocation).
How can we prevent infant mortality?
Preventing Birth Defects.
Addressing Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Their Outcomes.
Getting Preconception and Prenatal Care.
Creating a Safe Infant Sleep Environment.
Using Newborn Screening to Detect Hidden Conditions.
Infant Mortality facts sourced from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
2019 Walk / Run Gallery
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The HaRUNbee 5K Walk/Run for Healthy Birth Outcomes was designed to raise awareness and to prevent unhealthy birth outcomes across the nation. Organized by the National Coalition for Healthy Black Families (NCHBF), the mission of the HaRUNbee Walk/Run is to promote wellness by encouraging families to stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically. We want to generate engagement of the community by bringing all ages and all races together internally as well as surrounding neighborhoods outside the Harambee community for a 5K Walk/Run.
* HaRUNbee is the Kickoff event for Bronzeville Week 2020.
* Participants are welcome to walk or run.
* Babies in strollers are highly encourage.
* This route is certified with U.S. Track & Field, Inc.
To register as a team member, each individual will need to select the "Individual (Team Registration)" registration type. Once the registration type is selected, you will have the option of creating a new team or joining an existing team. Unfortunately, youth cannot be automatically added to a team. To add a youth to a team, please email Tonda Thompson at
or contact at 414-617-7033.
Pre-registration closes on Friday, July, 17th at 8:00pm. Onsite registration will not be available this year due to the race being a virtual 5k in your neighborhood.
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