On August 27th, the Peace and Dignity Journey Runners arrived at Tony Cerda Park in Pomona, CA, where they were greeted by members of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe (Ohlone).
The runners start simultaneously from both ends of the continent in Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina traversing the entire continent by foot from community to community and joining together for a final gathering in Central America, Panama. The 2012 run is dedicated to Water, reminding all who have forgotten that Water is an important resource and a shared resource for all.Here comes the runners!
The Peace and Dignity Journey runners stayed overnight at Tony Cerda Park. The next morning, on August 28th, a ceremony was held for the runners for the continuation of their safe journey. Two tribal members, Steve Lopez and Michael Oliva, joined the runners on their journey. After the prayers, Chief Cerda led the runners out of the park to continue their journey to Panama and spread their message. (Steve and Michael did not continue all the way to Panama but ran a section to represent the Ohlone.)
Chief Cerda leading the runners out of the park.
A big thanks goes out to everyone who came to help, to welcome the runners, to cook the food, and to Stevie and Michael for taking part and representing the Ohlone.