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I Am a Father 5K Run/Walk and 10 Mile Ride

When: June 19, 2021
Where: Decatur, GA
Race type(s): 5K

While working in the Atlanta Public Schools for almost a decade, David Manuel became painfully aware of the lack of male parental guidance for inner-city children and it was not based on color, culture, or socio-economic level. The father, arts advocate and community activist authored and self-published the highly celebrated book ‘I Am A Father, Celebrating African-American Fathers’ in 2007. Highlighting the rarely seen truths in the media, regarding a very up close and personal look at black fatherhood and the relationships with their children, the book is both inspirational and educational.   “You constantly hear that Black men abandon their family; they don’t pay child support, they are abusive or are in jail. Although some of this is true, I want to celebrate the fathers for their loving and powerful relationships.”

Fast-forward to 2013, David hosted a quarterly forum with an amazingly powerful panel of community leaders and key influencers called the I AM Series: Faith, Fatherhood, and Family. Never tiring, he has answered the call to “Strengthen Families One Mile at a Time” with the annual I AM A Father 5K.  This 5K is not only strengthening families but is a catalyst uniting community male-focused organizations.

The proceeds from the 5k will benefit organizations which have structured programs for developing youth with a focus on strengthening the family unit from the fatherhood perspective. Each year we select two to four organizations per city to support. Since inception 2015 we’ve selected Piedmont Hospital Foundation, Maranathan Academy, The Stewart Foundation, Let Us Make Man, and the Leadership Academy of the DeKalb County Chapter of the 100 Black Men of America for the Atlanta . Each city’s event proceeds supports an organization in the city.  Please join us on this vision.

Event details and schedule

This event is about strengthening families (thru health & wellness) one mile at a time and celebrating Fathers

We promote strengthening our families by promoting strong fathers, health & wellness with our children and Organ Donor Awareness

Runners receive a swag bag, t-shirt and other items. 

5K starts at 8am

Cycling event starts at 9am


Awards will be given in the 5K for the top 3 M/F overall, as well as the top 3 M/F in 10 year age groups from 10 and under to 70 and over.


NOT READY TO JOIN US “LIVE” YET? NO WORRIES!! Sign up for the virtual option and join the fun from anywhere in the country! All swag items will be mailed to you 7-10 days after the race.