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 www.RunAcrossPalestine.org for more about the run.…
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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…
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…