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The Running for Real Podcast

Mar 24, 2023

When Yatika Starr Fields, an Indigenous runner, artist, and advocate, ran the Western States 100 in 2022, it wasn’t only for himself; it was for the Native American community. For the first time, the Western States Endurance Run officially acknowledged the Washoe tribe, the original stewards of the land on which their race takes place, and they released their first official race poster, from one of Yatika’s paintings.

Yatika’s experience at Western States is the subject of the new short film, Know To Run, produced by the Indigenous-led, grassroots organization Rising Hearts.

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Photo credit: Howie Stern, Ouray 50 Miler (2019)

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 “Thank you” to Yatika!  We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the show.