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Political art sends clearer message than 1,000 speeches

Nine Michiganders from the Traverse City region are running across Palestine to raise awareness around issues facing West Bank olive farmers. Jacob Wheeler is with them, and submitting dispatches:


JERUSALEM — Today, the Run Across Palestine left Beit Omar, an olive-farming village…


Added by Jacob Wheeler on February 5, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Hyping the Run Across Palestine

Tomorrow, 10 Michiganders will begin their Run Across Palestine — 129 miles in 5 days — to raise awareness around the challenges facing West Bank olive farmers.

Please check out our "hype video" here, edited and produced by my partner on the Run Across Palestine media team, Traverse City filmmaker Aaron Dennis. And check out for more about the run.…


Added by Jacob Wheeler on February 3, 2012 at 6:10pm — No Comments

What an Ethiopian village needs

Today — Day 11 of the Run Across Ethiopia, which has now taken us to the southern, coffee-growing town of Yirgachefe — <em>Northern Express</em> journalist Anne Stanton and I visited Hase Gola, the scene of yesterday's raucous welcome celebration and the site of the first school that On the Ground… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 19, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Day 10: Run Across Ethiopia yields to Hase Gola

For the past nine days, my blogging has focused on running — that is, the 10 harriers running nearly 250 miles across southern Ethiopia. I've cataloged their aches and pains, daily mileage and terrain, and how the runners have interacted and boosted each other through this painstaking endeavor. In other words, I've… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 19, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Fruits of Ethiopia: coffee, khat, sugarcane and beautiful people

Here are a few videos that I've taken during the Run Across Ethiopia over the past week, which feature some of the best Ethiopia has to offer — and how to consume them.

First is a video of a woman outside the Aragesh Lodge roasting coffee beans over an open fire before serving us strong and delicious "black gold".

Next, one of our interpreters, Sue Rafael (I've surely misspelled his name) teaches me how to prepare and then chew… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 17, 2011 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Day 9 of Run Across Ethiopia: Music to our ears

Imagine that you're a poor farmer in the Sidamo region of southern Ethiopia — an African herdsman — living in a mud hut by the side of the road. Imagine that you walk out your doorway into the sunlight one morning, and there at 7 a.m., a bunch of "ferenges" ("foreigners" in Amharic, probably derived from… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 17, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments

Day 8 on Run Across Ethiopia: the family expands

The Run Across Ethiopia expanded today, with Timothy Young's daughter Stella, and Hans Voss' wife Maureen and daughters joining us on Day 8. Filmmakers James and Jamaica Weston have returned to us after spending much of the past week in Addis Ababa. And even our local support crew — nurse Mamoosh and interpreter… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 16, 2011 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Day 7 of Run Across Ethiopia: Back at full strength

With four consecutive 30-mile days in the rearview mirror, and the distance between Addis Ababa and Yirgachefe now 67 percent complete, the Run Across Ethiopia harriers took it relatively easy today. They slept in (until 7 a.m.) and enjoyed a restaurant sit-down breakfast, before legging 15 miles (24 kilometers)… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 15, 2011 at 6:55am — 1 Comment

Jamaican Rastafarians in rural Ethiopia

How did 1,000 ganja-loving Jamaican Rastafarians show up in a rural village in southern Ethiopia? The Run Across Ethiopia harriers learned how on Day 6 of their 250-mile run to Yirgachefe.

Former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie ("Negus Negusti", the "king of kings") gave land in the village of… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 14, 2011 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Day 6 of Run Across Ethiopia: Drafting like Canadian geese

Though the Run Across Ethiopia harriers finished yesterday's 30-mile run with their bodies intact and their spirits high, strategic holes emerged during the Day 5 performance. The runners failed to stay in a pack and some legged out the final miles as rugged individuals. As a result, they didn't recognize… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 14, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Day 5 of Run Across Ethiopia: Crank the tunes, lift the mood

Today, the Run Across Ethiopia harriers and local Tesfa team runners faced a third straight 30-mile run through the Rift Valley to Lake Lagano. The team that awoke this morning before 5 a.m. hobbled, limped, crawled and pranced their way to the bus for a predawn breakfast of hard-boiled eggs, peanut butter &… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 13, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Day 4: Run Across Ethiopia support van provides sustenance

Michigan Land Use Institute executive director Hans Voss, one of the original activists behind the Run Across Ethiopia, saw a different side of the run today. Voss sprained his ankle early on Day 3 but gutted out the entire 30-mile run yesterday. But extensive swelling last night convinced the competitive athlete that… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 12, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Run Across Ethiopia Day 3: When the going gets tough

Yesterday the team of Run Across Ethiopia harriers completed their first of four consecutive 30-mile-per-day bouts, starting at 7 a.m. in Koke and finishing at 1:30 p.m. in the midday heat in Meki. Fighting through aches and pains are a given now, but so is the supportive camaraderie that keeps our gang together,… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 11, 2011 at 9:08pm — No Comments

Videos from opening day of Run Across Ethiopia

This morning at 9:38 a.m. local time (1:38 a.m. in Michigan), the much anticipated Run Across Ethiopia put feet to the road and began jogging south, out of Addis Ababa toward Yirgachefe. Here a few short videos taken shortly before, during and after the run's beginning.

Just before the Run Across Ethiopia embarks, Earthworks musician Seth Bernard leads the crowd in a prayer.

"Start making your feet move .... all the way to… Continue

Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 9, 2011 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Jogging "the mecca" of long-distance running

Long-distance harriers from all over the world come to the majestic Entoto mountains just outside of Addis Ababa to train at high elevations surrounded by refreshing Eucalyptus forests ... and even hairy baboons.


The day before the Run Across Ethiopia team set off on a 250-mile, 10-day jog for…


Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 9, 2011 at 2:25am — No Comments

Prelude to the Run Across Ethiopia: videos from our first couple days in Addis Ababa

Most of the northern Michigan-based Run Across Ethiopia crew arrived in Addis Ababa late on Thursday night, Jan. 6, in preparation for their departure southward on Sunday, Jan. 9.


Here are a few videos of the excited group's arrival and what they did during days of preparation before running 250…


Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 8, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Logging Miles and Building Schools in Ethiopia

On Sunday, Jan. 9, a team of American runners (most with northern Michigan roots) will leave the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on a 250-mile run. For 10 days they’ll jog through the ancient Rift Valley, sleep in highland villages and raise awareness with folks back home about rural poverty and lack of…


Added by Jacob Wheeler on January 8, 2011 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Dog Sled Racing ~ Russ-Stick Style

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."

Henry David Thoreau

Over the years the question is still the same. Do you race?

I explain to folks that Rustic Russ used to, but we stay at home now.… Continue

Added by Sherry Sutherby on February 21, 2010 at 10:24pm — No Comments

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