Exercise is medicine.
These words are on the wall of the gym at Pine Point School on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, where I’ve volunteered with Hope for the First Nations for the past 20 years.
I don’t like medicine. I really don’t like to run.
But my sister has convinced me to join her for several 5K runs this year.
You can help sweeten the experience for me and make the medicine go down by pledging money to HFtFN for each kilometer I run.
I’ve registered for four 5K runs this year for a total of 20 kilometers. Here is a list of 5Ks I plan to run this year:
- June 22: Bigfoot 5K Trail Run
- Sept. 7: Run Mag Mile 5K
- Nov. 3: Hot Chocolate 5K
- Nov. 28: North Shore Turkey Trot
I’m hoping to run a few bonus 5Ks, too, to inspire some one-time gifts. I’m not looking forward to any of them.
But the money you pledge will go to support the work of HFtFN, which partners with communities on the reservation to help out at powwows and Christmas parties, volunteer at Pine Point School, host a summer Hope Camp for kids and educate Christians about how much we have to learn from our Anishinaabe brothers and sisters. HFtFN is hoping to raise not just enough funds to balance our budget, but also to create resources and newsletters to share what we’ve learned and experienced over the past 20-plus years.
And that’s something I can get excited about.
Click here to make a one-time gift or to donate for each kilometer I run.
I also recognize you may not be able to donate money to a fundraiser. HFtFN still needs you! Perhaps you can create a fundraiser of your own. Check out this list of more ways you can help HFtFN — many of which won’t cost you a thing.
Miigwech (thank you) for considering a pledge, and I’ll keep you updated here throughout the running season!
Bigfoot 5K Trail Run
10/10 I do not recommend a muddy, hilly, hot trail run for your first 5K. But that’s what fit into my sister Annie’s and my travel schedule. And I survived RAM Racing’s 2019 Bigfoot Tri + 5k/10k Trail Run. With Annie run-walking with me for encouragement, we officially finished the 5K in 46:48. I’d guessed I’d be at about 45 minutes on pavement by race day and worried that would translate to about an hour on the trail.
So I’m happy.
And Annie and I look delirious in every race photo because she kept punching me every time she spotted a photographer and telling me to make sure I was both running and smiling.
We did not see Bigfoot, though. But then, I learned Bigfoot Beach State Park and the run are named after the Potawatomi leader who was forcibly removed from the land in 1836, not the cryptozoological forest-dweller. I’m grateful to have learned more about the first people to live in relationship with and care for the land where I now live, too.
That’s one down, three to go. Everything after this should be easy, right?
Amount raised: $50