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Red Lake Distance Runners take on Twin Cities Marathon

14 Runners to Participate in Twin Cities Marathon

 

RED LAKE - Fourteen (14) Red Lake runners will participate in the 30th running of the Twin Cities Marathon. Considered by many to be the most beautiful urban marathon in America, the 26.2 mile road race through scenic Minneapolis/St Paul will draw runners from all fifty states, Mexico, Canada, and 13 other countries.

A feast for runners and supporters will be held prior to the race at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Saturday, October, 1st at 6:00 p.m. Elder, and renowned Native American distance runner Emitt Eastman will be the honored guest speaker.

The Native Thunder Distance Runners were formed in 2002 by Red Lake Nation member Stacy Thunder, and Anita Fineday of White earth to promote increased physical fitness and healthy lifestyles in Indian communities. In 2009 Native Thunder participated in the Twin Cites Marathon as part of the Red Lake Nations Million Miles Against Diabetes campaign.

Native Thunder has grown to over 150 members of all ages throughout the Midwest. Runners have participated in Spiritual runs throughout Indian Country, and at such running events as Grandmas Marathon, the Twin Cities Marathon, Walker Marathon, Fargo Marathon, plus the New York City and Boston Marathons. Native Thunder does not require that any potential new members be marathon or long distance runners, only that they promote the mission of Native Thunder, and run for a good cause.

2011 Twin Cites Marathon participants:

Darryl Waybenaise

Phil Jourdain

Harvey Roy

Edward Strong

Sam Strong

Doug Fairbanks

Anna Swan

Floyd ”Buck” Jourdain

Steven Standing Cloud

Jeremiah Hunter

Eugene Standing Cloud

Robert Beauleau

Elizabeth Strong

Margueritte Secola

 

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