RARAMURI MARATHONER PARTICIPATES IN LUNA
Newsroom El Comercio de Colorado
Renowned Rarámuri marathon runner, Lorena Ramírez, accompanied by her brother Mario, was a special guest at the LUNA event, Latino Ultra Nature Adventure, and received recognitions from Aaron Brockett, the Mayor of Boulder, Pável Meléndez Cruz, Mexican Consul in Denver, and the organization Amigos de México. Lorena completed her half marathon in just 2.5 hours, always accompanied by people who admire her achievements.
Lorena arrived in Colorado directly from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She didn’t run the famous Juárez marathon this year to be present at the first edition of LUNA. The marathon runner shared that her 55-year-old father did participate in the Juárez marathon alongside two of her brothers. Mario, one of her eight siblings, accompanied her to Boulder. “Everyone in the family, including my mother, is a runner,” Mario emphasized.
RARÁMURI | Lorena reaches the finish line. (Photo/Germán González)
FRIENDS OF MEXICO | Flowers for Lorena. (Photos/El Comercio de Colorado)
Lorena and Mario announced that they plan to dedicate much more time to promoting the Ramírez Foundation. “In the past two years, we have established the foundation. Now, we are going to work to ensure that with the foundation, we can assist the Rarámuri population in the Sierra Tarahumara. We also want people to learn about our culture and the needs of us, the Rarámuri,” Mario said, noting that the Rarámuri population comprises around 200,000 people distributed in the Chihuahua Sierra.
RUNNER| Salvador Cazún.
LUNA kicks off the festival dedicated to trees
LUNA successfully brought together hundreds of families who traveled to Boulder to participate in various races. Approximately 12 athletes completed the ultramarathon in an average of six hours. Meanwhile, another two hundred participants took part in the half marathon, the 10K, and the 5K races. “We witnessed something beautiful: the arrival of whole families who came to run or walk through the forest,” said Irene Vilar, co-organizer of LUNA.
ATHLETE | Ultramarathon runner.
SHARING | Paola Hersan, Susana Arreola, Pável Meléndez Cruz, Moramay Godoy.
Vilar noted that LUNA has kicked off the activities of the thirteenth ecological festival organized by Americas for Conservation and the Arts (AFCA). Vilar, who leads AFCA, explained that “the 13th edition of our festival ALEF is dedicated to The Giving Trees. They provide significant health benefits. At the same time, trees have a beneficial impact on the economy and help reduce climate change.”
CHIHUAHUENSE| Jesus Quintana.
On November 30 and December 1, the event program includes workshops and other activities. On Saturday, the 2nd, they have a forest bath planned, while on Sunday, the 3rd, the organizers will celebrate Family Day with various activities. The director of AFCA also highlighted that Hispanic families will be invited back on Sunday, December 10.
WITH SANDALS | Nick Díaz.
“On that day, we return to the forest to cut pine trees. These trees that are cut can be taken home by families to be decorated as Christmas trees. By cutting these trees, we are cleaning up the forest and preventing the spread of wildfires,” Vilar explains. She adds that during the festival, members of the Green Promoters program, who are carrying out community tree planting in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado, will be recognized.
WITH THE ORGANIZERS | Fermando Pineda, Moramay Godoy, Lorena Ramírez, and Irene Vilar.