“It’s a monument to community, heritage, and preservation.” – Kim Secakuku
There’s a nice write-up about the Paatuwaqatsi – Water Is Life – 30 mile Hopi run in yesterday’s Indian Country Today. The article highlights Hopi understandings of running, and reminds Hopi and non-Hopi people of the “spiritual and cultural” purpose of running in Hopi culture. The event, which includes the 10 mile loop, will take place on September 12 at the Village of Polacca. For more information about the run, click here. Also, click on the following link to read the entire article by Lee Allen entitled “Hopi Run for Life Celebrates the Sanctity of Water.”
This winter I’ve been running on the Armory track at the University of Illinois.
The last time I used a track was in high school. Back then I was quite a bit faster.
Now days I plug along at a 10 minute per mile pace.
I am obviously not out to impress anyone, especially members of the UofI’s men’s or women’s track team who run circles around me during their practice.
But it’s a pace that I’m able to maintain, at least for a while.
There are benefits to running on a track, and there are a lot of things about running on the streets of Champaign that I don’t miss: Traffic, car exhaust, stop lights, curbs, potholes, imbalanced dogs, angry geese, angry people, extreme temperatures, and those darn concrete slabs!
When the weather warms up, I will once again take my place among Champaign’s outdoor runners.
But I doubt this will last for long.
As soon as the temperatures reach into the 90s, and we start experiencing high humidity, it’s back to the track for me!