If you looked only at popular social media, you’d think runners were a peppy, homogenous, slender bunch, and—yes—largely white. Looking beyond though, it’s easy to see that image is not reflective of day-to-day reality for most runners.
At the Instagram account @DiverseWeRun, Carolyn Su shines a spotlight on diversity and variety in the running community, showcasing runners who upend conventional narratives about who runs and why. By showcasing those running to combat violence against Native American women, ultrarunners of color, runners with disabilities and so many other people, Diverse We Run shows off the many facets of the running community.
Mango spoke to Carolyn about why she started the Diverse We Run account and #diversewerun hashtag in December, 2018, discussing why a lack of diversity has real consequences for the running community, and how all of us runners can show up for each other.