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September 18, 2022
#11 - Cain Leathers

Cain Leathers is 27, from Philadelphia, PA.  He is a Queer Pro Ultrarunner. He is the Founder & Executive Director of Queer Run, an organization in Philadelphia established to strengthen the bonds between LGBTQIA+ athletes and allies in the community. They go on weekly group runs and collaborate with organizations in the community to promote inclusivity in the sport.  Th…


Cain Leathers is 27, from Philadelphia, PA.  He is a Queer Pro Ultrarunner, supported by the following brands: HOKA, Honey Stinger and Squirrel's Nut Butter.

He is the Founder & Executive Director of Queer Run, an organization in Philadelphia established to strengthen the bonds between LGBTQIA+ athletes and allies in the community.  They go on weekly group runs, and collaborate with organizations in the community to promote inclusivity in the sport.  They pride themselves on the motto "Everyone is welcome", and they stand by it.

Cain also assists HOKA with events in the Philadelphia community, and in return they support him with his goals of creating a more inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA+ community in athletics.

He recently ran across the state of Pennsylvania, 361 miles in 10 days (running between 16-51 miles a day, depending on circumstances), 26,348 ft of elevation change. He ran from the PA / WV border, to the PA / NJ border. He did this to raise money for The Trevor Project, which provides a 24/7 suicide hotline for LGBTQIA+ youth, counselling services and education for them and their families.

You can read about it at RunAcrossPA.com. This also took place during Mental Health Awareness Month (May) to raise even more awareness for the necessity of this cause. There was a recent feature in Runner's World as well about my journey.

Running and DEI are definitely at the forefront of my life and my goals.

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Cain Leathers

A Running Group for the Future.

We put the word “Queer” at the forefront of everything we do. Many people view “Queer” as being a negative, derogatory term. The more we say it, the more you read it, the more the world hears it, the less derogatory it feels and the more empowering it becomes. We are not a bad word.

We are human.

Queer Run was established in April 2022 and is dedicated to creating a safe space for LGBTQIA+ athletes and allies in the community. Inclusion and mental health are very important to us, and we welcome people from every background to join us for our FREE weekly group runs, Mondays at 8pm, meeting in Rittenhouse Square.

We are stronger together than we are alone.