Alison Mariella Désir
Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world, and by The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans ages 25 to 45, Alison is an endurance athlete, activist, and mental health advocate. Passionate about community, mental health and fitness, Alison's nickname, “powdered feet,” comes from the Haitian Kreyol saying, which describes a person so active that you never see them, just the footprints of where they’ve been in powder. Alison holds her BA in History, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies, and EdM in Counseling Psychology, all from Columbia University.
The response to Arbery’s murder highlighted what I already knew: the running world is deeply divided by race, and we must address it