From the start, Global Running Culture and Santa Fe Thunder have brought cultures together. Abraham created our organization’s name after moving from Kenya, working at the Pueblo of Pojoaque and realizing the many similarities between the way of life in the Pueblos of northern New Mexico, and his village of Matunget. Running is an activity that all cultures share and provides a rapid way (no pun intended) of getting to know one another.
In addition to runners from around the country, the race brings together world-class runners from all over the world: Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tarahumara ultra marathoners from Copper Canyon, Mexico, to name a few. This year’s guest of honor is Kip Keino, father of Kenyan distance running, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and renowned humanitarian.
We are excited to announce that this year’s Official Race T-shirts will be designed by Ricardo Cate, creator of the Without Reservations comic strip, teacher, and champion half marathoner. Without Reservations features Ricardo’s humor and perspective on issues and matters of the day and has generated international acclaim. Ricardo is preparing for performances in Europe and Japan this fall, and a book of his cartoons has been published.
Ricardo developed his love for distance running while attending boarding school in southern Colorado. Running provided an opportunity to get to know other students and his success opened doors for him, including the opportunity to attend the University of Nebraska. In one of life’s turns, responsibilities at home required him to miss that opportunity. Ricardo met Billy Mills, and soon after enlisted in the Marines. Since serving his country with honor, Ricardo has continued in service as a teacher, involvement in the Pueblo of Santo Domingo government, and in ensuring that the traditions of his Kewa people live on and are properly conducted.
We are so excited to collaborate with Ricardo, and look forward to sharing his design!
Until next time, smooth runnings,
The GRC team