Raramuri or Tarahumara children face complex challenges which too often cause loss of connection with their culture, falling behind in school, and living in a cycle of poverty. The Inner Awakening Project aims to reconnect children to their cultural roots, to provide a stable foundation for them to grow, and allow them to learn the wisdom of their elders and teachers in a sustainable way led completely by the community. In this new cycle, the children will eventually become the teachers for the next generation. Curriculum includes: Reading and writing in Raramuri (there are currently NO textbooks in their own language), learning traditional music, dance, art, poetry, ceremonies, cultural history, mythology, playing traditional sports like Rarajipari (ball race), and much more.
The year is 2008. I am about run my first Leadville Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run. My goal is simple: complete the run under the 33 hour cut off, but the secret goal is to complete it in huarache sandals that I had made myself.
Tom and I arrived at Turquoise lake almost an hour ahead of our expected time, catching the rest of the crew off guard. It all worked out and in no time, I was heading back out with Dan who had completed LT100 a few years earlier. We rolled up and down hills making great progress. Dan informed me of the incredible progress we were making. He said I had passed over 200 runners.