Marathon to focus attention on Navajo relocation plan
Great Spirit All My Relations Relay Walk Marathon Caravan

Santa Barbara News-Press

Santa Barbara, California

Sunday, April 13, 1986

Marathon to focus attention on Navajo relocation plan

A 7,000 mile, round-the-clock marathon to promote world peace and call attention to the federal government’s planned relocation of Navajo Indians at Big Mountain in Arizona will leave from the dolphin fountain at the foot of Stearns Wharf at noon on April 28.

The marathon called the “Great Spirit All My Relations Relay,” is being organized by the Mesa School, 2520 Mesa School Lane, in Santa Barbara, said spokesman David C. Williams, Jr.

A celebration to generate interest in the relay will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Isla Vista Park.

So far, Williams said, about a dozen Santa Barbara residents have agreed to run in the marathon, which will be led by Masao Nippashi, a Japanese-American peace worker.

If 12 more people joined the group, each participant would run one hour per day, he said. Those not running will walk or ride, and serve as “advance” personnel in communities along the route.

The effort is supported by donations, and the runners are using their own money to cover some expenses, Williams said.

The group will travel east to New York before backtracking to Big Mountain. Williams said the relay is timed to coincide with several events, including a peace gathering at Central Park in New York City on May 25 and an Indian sun dance ceremony at Big Mountain July 4-7.

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