By Joseph Perez
Cronkite News 

Run the land: Native women across the U.S. take to the roads and trails


Last updated 10/4/2021 at 10:46am

Ike Everard/Cronkite News

Marlinda Bedonie hopes to inspire more Native women across the country to enter her sport, and raise awareness for important social justice issues facing her community.

TUCSON-"Getting lost is the best part of trail running," Marlinda Bedonie said with a chuckle as we shielded our eyes from the morning sun, searching for our cars.

We spoke on a recent morning while trekking through Tucson Mountain Park on a mostly flat, single-track loop trail. Dipping in and out of washes and brushing against the creosote along the trail, the Tohono O'odham and Navajo mother and I chatted-out of breath-as we shared our running journeys and spoke about our families.

When we came to what we thought was the end of our loop, we realized that although we'd learned a lot about...

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