One Step Forward

Sun August 1 - Tue August 31


Approximately 1 mile a day!

BTR Now - 27 miles

Average 1.5 miles per day!

1 Step Forward - 47 Miles

Step it up! Avg 4.5 miles a day!

Caring Through COVID - 135 miles


Join the NVBCC for our First Virtual Walk/Run Challenge! 

If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything. And that goes for the health of our Northern Virginia Black Business Community, too! Join us in this fun fitness challenge - to get healthy, support our friends, families and colleagues, and invest in our Northern Virginia business economy to create a better, healthier economic future. 

Walk - Run - or Even Roll (got a wheelchair? Join in!)

On Your Own, or With A Team!

This August, we’ll be challenging you to:

Join the Walk/Run Challenge and track your daily progress! Here’s the link to Register.

  • Post, Tweet, SHARE your participation on social media! We want you to inspire friends, family and colleagues to get fit, learn about Black Business Month, and join the NVBCC 
  • Attain Your Goals! Get motivated & get moving toward your personal, professional and chamber goals. As an individual participant or with a group, you’ll be responsible for measuring your progress (cell phone app, track, Fitbit, etc.). Remember to keep track, post and check the leaderboard, & support each other - participating in the NVBCC’s Walk/Run Challenge means we become stronger together!
  • Grow the Chamber! All proceeds (registration fees, donations and sponsorships) will go to helping the NVBCC plan an even more exciting, informative, entertaining and valuable program of activities as we move through 2021 and get ready for 2022! 
  • All participants will receive a Walk/Run Challenge racing bib and generous social visibility on our NVBCC social media accounts - all those who complete the challenge will receive a T-shirt and medal -- and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in all categories will receive special recognition!
  • Race swag will be sent out after completion of the challenge!

Ready? Here are the Challenges!

Goal 1- 1Step Forward
27 Miles for 27,000 Black Business Owners!  You are part of an AMAZING community - more than 27,000 black business owners in our region!* Help us reach out to those businesses to provide support and resources for revitalization: register for the Challenge and walk an average of 1 mile a day.
*according to data from the Community Foundation of Northern Virginia

Goal 2- BTRNow
47 Miles to Celebrate $477 Million in Economic Stimulus! Did you know  $477M of the American Rescue plan will be distributed to our Northern Virginia counties? YES! Walk or run at least 47 miles in August (that’s just a mile and a half a day!) to celebrate this infusion of resources into our local Northern Virginia economy. 

Goal 3- Making a Come-back from COVID
135 Miles - sounds like a lot? It's 4.5 Miles a Day for the 4.5M Successfully Vaccinated in VA! And that’s just the beginning - did you know the NVBCC is working with area health departments to assist business owners in navigating through COVID’s workforce impacts, assisting safe return to work, providing transportation and even help with starting over? We are!  Let’s kick it up a notch: make a goal to walk an average of 4.5 miles a day as we begin the COVID come back. 

Are you ready to lace up the sneakers and begin? 

Click Here to Register - start warming up today! As of August 1st we want you to *literally* hit the ground running - or walking - or rolling! We encourage you to take pictures of your route and upload them to the race website. We will share with the community at large the impact YOU are making to move the economy One Step Forward!  Demographic information will be asked as part of the registration process, but you can skip the age/gender questions if you prefer. We don't need this for our virtual event.


Thank You! 

NVBCC welcomes participation by individuals of all abilities. NVBCC is a non-partisan organization in the Northern Virginia community. We do not endorse political candidates running for office. We do not discriminate business practices based upon race, gender, sex orientation. All business owners and professionals are welcome to build relationships within the NVBCC community. Participation in Chamber events and programs remains the choice of individuals. NVBCC is not liable for any injuries and does not claim results for any actions according to any laws at local, state, national or global levels.

Here are some Steps to Success:

Invite a group to walk with you. 

Here are a few suggested trails in the area.

Prince William County-

  • Laurel Loop Trail
  • Bull Run Occaquan
  • Neabsco Greenway Trail Head
  • Nokesville Park 

Fairfax County

  • Burke Lake Park
  • Frying Pan Park
  • Riverbend Park
  • Great Falls/VA Side
  • Cameron Run Regional Park

Loudoun County

  • Ashburn Park
  • Algonkian Park
  • Redrock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park
  • W&OD Trail Head

Arlington County

  • Potomac Overlook Regional Park
  • Lubber Run Trail
  • Four Mile Run Trail

Alexandria City

  • Waterfront Park
  • Jones Point Park
  • Dora Kelly Nature Park
  • Winkler Botanical Preserve



Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.



For those who do not like to run or walk and want to support the work of the NVBCC, consider one our sponsorship opportunities:

You may make payment through the DONATE button or send a check to:
Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce
8300 Boone Boulevard, Suite 450
Tysons Corner, VA 22182

  •  $4700
    • Sponsor acknowledgement in live broadcast
    • Social media posts promoting company participation as the 1 Step Forward Sponsor
    • 1 Minute Corporate promotion video on social media
    • Recognition on all marketing and collateral material created for 1 Step Forward
    • Placement of company logo on 1 Step Forward website page
    • Logo placement on 1 Step Forward T-shirt
    • 6 Comped 1 Step Forward registrations for creation of company 1 Step Forward Corporate team
  •  $2700
    • Sponsor acknowledgement in live broadcast 
    • Recognition on marketing and collateral material created for 1 Step Forward
    • Placement of company logo on 1 Step Forward page
    • Placement on 1 Step Forward website
    • 4 Comped 1 Step Forward registrations for creation of company 1 Step Forward corporate team
  •  $1700
    • Recognition on all marketing and collateral material created for 1 Step Forward
    • Placement of company logo on 1 Step Forward website page
    • Placement of company logo on 1 Step Forward  t-shirts
    • 2 Comped 1 Step Forward registrants for creation of company 1 Step Forward corporate team
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