Sand Creek Massacre Healing Run

Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by in Races, Shoe Distribution

The two runners in front are carrying the staffs. The Sand Creek Massacre site is in the background, behind the trees and bluff.
One World Running was proud to be a part of the 2009 Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run, commemorating those Native Americans killed in the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, in southeastern Colorado. Roughly 111 Native American youth started the run, with 133 youth and adults from the Northern and Southern Arapaho Tribes receiving shoes at the end of the relay run. The Run was part of the Boulder Sesquicentennial Celebration, and afterwards, the runners returned home to the Wind River reservation in Wyoming.
The goal of the run and the entire “Coming Back Home” weekend was to show the friendship that characterized the first contacts between the Arapaho Native Americans, led by Chief Niwot (later killed at Sand Creek), and the first white gold seekers who wintered at the mouth of Boulder Canyon in 1859. In 2007, the Sand Creek Massacre area was declared a national historic site …. Many of us have felt that running is the best way to build up friendship, and we are happy to have some new friends on the Wind River reservation.

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