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Members of the Buena Tierra Run Club gathered together for a picture.

If you've noticed an increase in biking around Milwaukee over the past year or two, you're not imagining it. Post-pandemic, there's been a cultural shift toward cycling, with millions of Americans rediscovering the joys of pedaling down the road.

Last week, 88Nine’s Kenny Perez spoke with Eric Kleppe-Montenegro and Sergio Rincon about the origins of Oak Leaf Familia and its mission to foster Latine inclusivity and diversity within the local biking scene. But cycling isn't the only sport seeing a surge in representation.

Another Milwaukee athletic club — this one based on running — has taken a big step forward to advocate for all races, paces and distances. Inspired by Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood after running the Chicago Marathon, Patrick Chaves of Buena Tierra Run Club aims to represent Milwaukee’s South Side.

“I thought long and hard about Buena Tierra,” he explained. “Buena Tierra translates to 'good land,' and it’s another nickname for Milwaukee. I wanted our run club to be tied to Milwaukee.”

For this episode of Uniquely Milwaukee, Kenny Perez takes over as he speaks with the folks behind both Buena Tierra Run Club and Oak Leaf Familia to learn how to make being outside more inclusive.

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