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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – “It’s not uncommon for women these days to feel like they lack community,” said Kara Maxine Bieber. “It’s time to take steps to change that!”

With her Instagram account and fashion line, Bieber wants to inspire women to feel beautiful mentally, physically and spiritually.

Last summer, she went a step further with her first organized march to “help women connect and feel strong together.”

She begins the first day of this summer by doing the same in the city where it all began.

The third Northeast Ohio Kinlike Strides march begins at 5:30 p.m. on June 20 in Ohio City.

The women will first meet at Harness Cycle at 2908 Church Ave. in Cleveland, walk around the city and return to talk with local entrepreneurs.

Note: The ticket is valid for the event at Harness Cycle, but is not a cycling course.

Ticket holders will also receive a Kinlike Strides bag filled with products from:

Since she is out of the country because her husband, Guardians All-Star MVP pitcher Shane Bieber, is recovering from Tommy John surgery, the event also serves as a welcome home party for Kara.

“Returning to Cleveland (or should I say home) means a lot to me. I’m really excited to see everyone again. For the past 5+ summers, I’ve known Cleveland as summer. The way everyone has accepted me from the beginning and made me feel loved is very dear to my heart,” she shared. “There’s no way I would cancel these Kinlike Strides that I’ve been planning so much.”

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The idea came during a spontaneous conversation when I answered her usual Monday morning question in her Instagram stories.

Topics range from things people are looking forward to, things they are scared of, things they need help with, or recommendations for beauty products, local clothing companies, or events they want to attend.

One of these proposals came from a woman who wanted to start a Cleveland walking club for women, modeled after City Girls Who Walk, a group founded in New York City’s Central Park that has inspired cities across the country.

Bieber thought it was a good idea and reposted it to see who else would be interested.

Within minutes, she received hundreds of positive responses from women in the Cleveland area who wanted to participate.

Many of the women told her they were going because “it’s so hard to make friends as a grown woman, and you need a committed partner to go out and exercise with!” Bieber said.

Bieber was overwhelmed by the unexpected enthusiasm and said, “I have to listen and try to make this possible for the women of Cleveland!”

She actually made it possible…

Dozens of women came to Lakewood Park on June 25, 2023 as strangers and left as friends.

“The first official strides that took place at CLE were more than impactful, I couldn’t believe it,” Bieber recalled.

“Kinlike Strides”: Kara Bieber hosts second women’s march to find community through movement
“Kinlike Strides”: Kara Bieber hosts second women’s march to find community through movement(Rachel Vadaj)

The recipe for networking is simple, says Bieber: “Going out and exercising with other like-minded women is just so much fun.”

The success of the first walk and the resulting demand for another prompted Bieber to go two steps further with her second walk on September 20, 2023.

Step one: “I decided to go for another walk because I get several messages every day asking me to go for another one. I enjoyed it, they enjoyed it, so why not?” she explained.

This second CLE Women’s Walk took place at Crocker Park in Westlake and featured more than 15 pop-up shops from local brands such as The Sis Kiss, Allison Kaye Makeup and Emily Roggenburk.

The event featured the launch of Bieber’s own fashion line, KMKOLLECTION, which “embodies a combination of KMK’s personal style, nostalgia and, most importantly, the overall goal of inspiring other women of all kinds to express their fashion sense.”

“From female entrepreneurs making long-term connections that still last today, from you coming up to me and saying you’ve made new friends or finally connected with people you’ve been following online for years and wanted to meet in real life – I’ve been truly overwhelmed,” Bieber reflected.

Step two: She founded another brand to continue building communities focused on empowering women.

“Kinlike Strides was created to provide a space for women to move their bodies while connecting within their own community,” Bieber described.

“I am very passionate about this and can’t wait to make a difference,” she said.

The inspiration for the name came from the “pursuit of creating community through movement.”

The definition of /kin/ means “one’s family” and Bieber explained: “When people come to our events, visit our account or wear our clothes, I want them to feel a sense of family and community.”

She recently launched a Kinlike Strides line of merchandise, which ticket holders of the latest event will have first access to.

But the Kinlike Strides community isn’t exclusively based in Cleveland…

“I really wanted to create this brand to make a difference in Cleveland and other cities,” Bieber said.

Women in Phoenix, Arizona, laced up their shoes in February.

Although “Kinlike Strides” may be the realization of Bieber’s dreams, she doesn’t attribute the success to herself.

“It’s not me, it’s you. There is a remarkable community of women in Cleveland,” she explained. “I’m honored to be a part of it and that will never change.”

Details will continue to be posted on Bieber’s Instagram @karamaxineb and @kinlikestrides.

Kara married Guardians All-Star MVP pitcher Shane Bieber in January 2023.

She has served as an ambassador in the Cleveland community since Shane joined “The Show” in 2018.

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