Featured Runner: Maclin Williams
"I was born with a heart defect called Wolfe Parkinson’s White Syndrome. In 2011, while living in Miami, I went through a procedure to get the defect fixed and it took me a few months to recover fully from it. I started distance running after being cleared to exercise to get my heart back to a good place… and I ended up taking to it pretty well." — Maclin Williams, Black Men Run Columbus Chapter Leader ...continue reading
Moving to Columbus (from Miami, Florida) at the end of 2012, Maclin fell off the running train for a few years due to a host of personal things while also adjusting to the climate. In 2014, Maclin lost his father suddenly due to health issues, welcomed his son to the world and was in the middle of a huge renovation of his house. Among all the chaos, running somehow made its way back into his life and kept him grounded.
While having a conversation with a friend, he was quickly convinced to train alongside him for the Air Force Half Marathon. Training for that half is what reminded Maclin how much he loved and missed the sport, and his passion was soon reignited. Running got him through some of the toughest times of his life, and he decided he didn’t want to stop.
To keep up the motivation, he soon did some research about the Black Men Run organization and found out Columbus, Ohio didn’t have a chapter. He decided to change that. After reaching out to the national BMR leadership, Maclin has been the chapter leader here ever since and hasn’t stopped running yet! In fact, BMR will be having its national meet up at the OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon this year, and we can’t wait to welcome them!