Gathering of Messengers Dinner Invitation

Global Running Culture has held the Gathering of Messengers pre-race dinner for the past 6 years. Each year, we have honored an outstanding individual: Dr. Joe Vigil, Billy Mills, The Ultimate Warrior, Steve Gachupin, Caroline Rotich, and Peter Koech. Thanks to the generous assistance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and his tenacity, we are excited to announce that Kip Keino is scheduled to attend and give the keynote address at this year’s Gathering.

Mr. Keino had expected to complete his duties with the IOC in August, but has been invited to attend the session in Lima, Peru, which runs from September 10-20. Fortunately, thanks to the IOC’s efforts and adjustment of his travel schedule, Mr. Keino is scheduled to arrive on September 15, in time for the Gathering and Race day! Global Running Culture is grateful to the IOC for its consideration.

Kip Keino 1500m Mexico City Olympics 1968 final

Buffalo Thunder’s acclaimed chefs will prepare a traditional pre-race buffet featuring delicious pasta, with meat or vegetarian red sauce, fresh salad, warm bread and non-alcohol beverages. Race Announcer Mark Bravo, America’s Running Community Ambassador, will emcee the evening, recognizing our special guests, including a delegation of champion Tarahumaran ultra marathoners and artists from Copper Canyon, Mexico, a presentation by Race Director Joseph Karnes about Global Running Culture’s projects, and the keynote address by Mr. Keino, the first recipient of the Olympic Laurel by the International Olympic Committee.

Seating is limited and the Gathering will sell out ahead of race weekend. Reserve your seat now!