Participants in The Longest Walk 3 – Reversing Diabetes 2011 will begin a 5,000-plus mile, five-month walk across America to heighten awareness of diabetes, especially in Indian Country, encouraging people to lead healthy lifestyles and maintain nutritious diets.
The walk across the southern states kicks off in La Jolla, Calif., Feb. 14, following a peace pipe ceremony, and ends in Washington D.C. on July 8, reported Buffalo’s Fire.
“Our goal is to advocate for major changes in our eating habits, while promoting beneficial exercise programs,” state’s the Arizona Facebook page promoting the event.
Navajo tribal member Chris Francisco will lead a northern route on the same dates from Portland, Ore. to Washington D.C., according to Earthborn Productions.
Stops for the southern route are available on Buffalo’s Fire blog:
California- Feb. 14 – Feb. 24
Arizona – Feb. 24 – March 16
New Mexico – March 16 – April 6
Texas (panhandle) – April 6 – April 8
Oklahoma – April 8 – April 28
Arkansas – April 28 – May 1
Louisiana – May 1 – May 17
Mississippi – May 17 – May 20
Alabama – May 20 – May 22
Florida – May 22 – June 12
Georgia – June 12 – June 19
South Carolina – June 19 – June 25
North Carolina – June 25 – July 2
Virginia – July 2 – July 8
According to the blog, “each day the walkers will walk a total of 15 to 25 miles, and the runners will run between 50 and 100 miles.” The site also warns event administrators enforce a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol. Visit Buffalo’s Fire and Earthborn Productions for coordinator contact information.
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