Verna Volker Takes Native Women Running to the TCS New York City Marathon
November 1, 2023
From just starting to run in her 30s to building an entire running organization that is going to compete in the TCS New York City Marathon this week, Verna Volker (Diné,) looks back on the growth of Native Women Running with great pride.
"I was athletic, but I never took up running when I was younger," said Volker, who created Native Women Running, an organization that strives to increase Indigenous visibility in the running world. "I was taking care of everyone but myself when I got older, and that's when I took on running, and I got hooked."
For Volker, the sport is less about competition and more about healing and resiliency. Volker has lost her parents and three of her sibling, and she dedicates her runs to them to inspire and motivate her along the way.