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Jun 12, 2018

Knox Robinson Crafts Running Culture

Knox Robinson was never defined by running. He's more of a renaissance man. (Photo: João Canziani)
Knox Robinson was never defined by running. He's more of a renaissance man.

Knox Robinson grew up watching his dad run and went on to race track himself at a Division I college, but he was never defined by the sport. He’s more of a renaissance man. For years he gave up athletics, studying and living in Japan, then managing rock stars and rappers in New York. It was only as an adult—and after having a son of his own—that he returned to running, co-founding a running collective called Black Roses NYC. Grounded in New York street culture, the group builds community and promotes physical and mental health among black men and women. In this third installment of a series looking at inclusivity in outdoor communities, author James Edward Mills talks with Robinson about his journey, and how running through urban neighborhoods can project a powerful message of vitality and togetherness.

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