Going for Goal

Dora Atim: Why I Founded a Trail Run Collective Exclusively for Black Women

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Hello! This season, powered by Nike, we're homing in on all things running. You can expect powerful stories from extraordinary women - guaranteed to spark your motivation this back-to-school season - plus plenty of expert tips and tactics.


In today's episode Roisín is joined by Nike Run Coach Dora Atim. As a teen, battling body dysmorphia, Dora never would have imagined that running would prove the conduit for finding self-acceptance and self-love. And yet, a decade later, she’s so passionate about the benefits of putting one foot in front of the other that - from run coaching to youth mentoring - much of her career is built around passing those benefits on. 


Here she shares insights from that evolution, alongside the painful moment in summer 2020 that made her realise that - for many Black women and non-binary people to enjoy the nourishing power of rural areas - a community needed to be created. And how, with her trail running collective Ultra Black Running, she’s carved out a space for joy to thrive.

In today's Coaching Clinic, Dora offers up answers to your personal running dilemmas.

Join host Roisín Dervish-O'Kane on Instagram: @roisin.dervishokane

Join Dora on Instagram: @doradontexplore | @ultrablackrunning

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