Alison Desir

Ali on the Run Show Episode 292: What’s New With You with Alison Désir

“I’m an ideas person — but I’m also a doer.”

Alison Désir was one of the very first guests on the Ali on the Run Show. She first appeared on Episode 3, and in the three years since she was on this podcast, Alison, who is a mental health coach and is the founder of Harlem Run, has accomplished so much, changed the world in so many ways, and has become an incredibly important voice in the running community. On this episode, Alison offers updates on all facets of her life, including becoming a mother to her son, Kouri, last year; what her pregnancy, childbirth experience, and postpartum experiences were like; and what it has been like being a tireless activist, advocate, and fighter for social justice and human rights. She talks about being sponsored by Hoka One One and Oiselle, and offers updates on the Womxn Run the Vote Relay, during which 10,000 participants raised $300,000 for Black Voters Matter, and her own Meaning Thru Movement virtual tour. Plus, Alison shares an exciting announcement about her next great project!

Thank you to UCAN for sponsoring the What’s New With You series on the Ali on the Run Show! Go to and use code ONTHERUN for 20% off your order!

What we mention on this episode:

Alison Désir On Pregnancy and New Motherhood Vs. Reality

“Ahmaud Arbery and Whiteness in the Running World,” by Alison Désir for Outside Magazine

Running Industry Diversity Coalition

“How to Make Running Deaf-Accessible” for Runner’s World

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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