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Strides for Social Justice

Take a journey through local Black history by downloading this free, family-friendly app.

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Racism is pervasive throughout our country. We invite you to be a part of the solution.

Strides for Social Justice – a PeaceHealth initiative developed in partnership with the Eugene Marathon – is designed to be a free, inclusive, family-friendly program that will engage and educate participants on the contributions, achievements and milestones of Black residents of Lane County, and also highlight the injustices many have faced. Together we can stop the cycle of racism, building a more inclusive culture in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. It is only through awareness, understanding and action that we can truly be part of the solution. And, only by looking back can we move forward.

Our Mission

To engage and educate participants on the landmarks demonstrating the history, contributions, achievements and milestones of Black residents while also promoting health and wellness.

Our Vision

To influence and effect change that enhances community health and contributes to a socially just and unified Eugene/Springfield.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 
-Nelson Mandela


About the app

App-based and available on both iOS and Android app stores, Strides for Social Justice guides participants on routes to various landmarks, creating a journey that provides a view into local Black history and the powerful influence of Black residents in our community.

This free app also aims to encourage physical activity for people of all abilities and fitness levels, while generating financial resources in support of the NAACP and other organizations focused on social justice initiatives.

How it works

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Download the app.

Download the app on either the iOS or Android App stores.

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Pick a route.

Choose from several routes to learn about local Black history.

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Explore and learn.

Navigate your selected route by walking, running, biking or rolling from landmark to landmark.

Ready to get started?

Strides for Social Justice is available on both the iOS and Android App stores.

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Get involved

Are you interested in taking additional steps to promote social justice within our community? Here are a few options for you to consider:


Support Black-owned businesses

Share experiences on social media

  • Explain how your journey along one or more of the Strides for Social Justice routes impacted you
  • Post a photo of your journey
  • Invite others to participate in Strides for Social Justice

Learn more

Thank yous

Strides for Social Justice would not have been possible without the 16-member Steering Committee comprised of community members with varied backgrounds. The members advised PeaceHealth and Eugene Marathon and were influential in developing this program.

Thank yous also go to the following organizations, which also helped shape this program:

In the news



The Bottom Line (Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter)



KLCC public radio

City Club of Eugene via KLCC


Lane County Medical Society (Medical Matters Magazine) 

  • April: PeaceHealth and Eugene Marathon make Strides for Social Justice (No link available)

Catholic Health World

Contact us

Contact Sherri Buri McDonald, Communications Specialist,  Marketing & Communications, PeaceHealth Oregon

Organizations or individuals looking to get involved
Contact Sherri Buri McDonald, Communications Specialist,  Marketing & Communications, PeaceHealth Oregon

Technical issues or concerns with the app
Contact Ian Dobson, Race Director, Eugene Marathon

General questions or concerns
Contact PeaceHealth Public Affairs