For many of us, running or walking serves a specific purpose in our lives. We may run for better health and wellness or for stress relief. We may run for the enjoyment of time spent outdoors. We may run for the sense of personal accomplishment it brings to our day.
On Saturday, June 9th, we had the opportunity to Run for The Stronghold, a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging youth to take action by living a healthy life in mind, body, and spirit. The Stronghold is a place where a community regroups, a place to stand your ground and together face all of life’s challenges. During this one-hour run on the track, we moved together in support of health, wellness, and disease prevention.
The 2nd annual Run for the Stronghold saw the largest turn-out yet, with 115 registered participants. Those not circling the track, cheered and supported the runners/walkers, handed out water, and staffed the screening and education booths. Designated lap counters kept track of the top 10 female and male runners. The top male completed 31 laps (almost 8 miles) in 60 minutes! The top female completed 25 laps (a little over 6 miles) in 60 minutes!
After the run, participants recovered in the shade of the high school cafeteria, refueled on Posu bowls from Tocabe, and listened to Dr. Kelly Moore and Dr. Raymond Estacio speak on the benefits of maintaining a healthy blood pressure.
Of course, this event could not have been possible with our wonderful partners - The Stronghold Society, Denver American Indian Commission, and Centers for American Indian Alaskan Native Health.
We also want to give a special ‘thank you’ to our community sponsors - Conscious Alliance, Denver Health, Mile High Health Alliance, Tocabe, Colorado Regional Health Connectors, American Heart Association, Southern Ute Tribe, Women Empowering Women for Indian Nation, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.