Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Wed, Aug. 05

Races planned to raise funds for Tuba City running team

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The Tuba City High School Girls Cross Country Team invites runners of all ages and abilities to participate in a series of 5K and 2K races at the Tuba City High School field each Thursday through Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. (Daylight Savings Time). The fee is a flat rate of $5, and all donations will be used to support the team's trip to Kamehameha High School in Hawaii for a race in mid-September.

On July 28, there will be a 10K relay race. There is a fee of $15 for a team of three runners. Come as a team. Girls X Country team members are selling 50/50 raffle tickets for $1 apiece; the winner, who will be announced after the relay, will take half the proceeds of the July 28 race.

Kamehameha, attended by girls who are all or part Hawaiian, and whose curriculum is intensely focused on Hawaiian heritage and language, initiated the cultural exchange with Tuba City High School in 2010. The Kamehameha team came to Tuba City for a race after participating in the Twilight Run in Phoenix.

"They've just recently started running. The sport is new to them. They were impressed with our trophy case and with how many years it goes back," said Brianna Loughrey. "They're used to running on extinct volcanoes. They found the sandy hills in Tuba City to be a challenge."

All of the girls from Kamahameha speak their own language, and performed a traditional chant when they visited Tuba City last September. The Tuba City team is comprised of Navajo, Hopi, and non-Native runners.

"We are working on the cultural aspect, deciding what to perform, but first we have to raise funds to be able to take the trip," said Audrianna Honanie.

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