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Bronzeville Week 2019-HaRUNbee Walk-Run
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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 8th year in 2023,  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 3rd, 2024, Our 5k will be virtual and in person.

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.​

 With the guidance from our trusted health professionals and city's Health Department, we will make sure that all safety precautions are measured and controlled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


To become a sponsor or volunteer, please contact Tonda Thompson via email or phone at and (414) 708-8599.


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.

  • Birth defects.

  • Preterm birth and low birth weight.

  • Maternal pregnancy complications.

  • Sudden infant death syndrome.

  • Injuries (e.g., suffocation).

How can we prevent infant mortality?

  1. Preventing Birth Defects.

  2. Addressing Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight, and Their Outcomes.

  3. Getting Preconception and Prenatal Care.

  4. Creating a Safe Infant Sleep Environment.

  5. Using Newborn Screening to Detect Hidden Conditions.


2021 Walk / Run Gallery
Photos by Pat A. Robinson and Justin Gordon Photography