For the 4th consecutive year, Wings of America is partnering with the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and Harvard University to commemorate the legacy of Native distance runners and promote the aspirations of an upcoming generation of student-athletes. As part of the “Pursuit” program, Wings will select up to five (5) American Indian high school juniors to travel with the organization to Boston during “Marathon Weekend” 2019 (April 16-20).
Aside from experiencing the power and excitement of one of the world's greatest distance races, these young men and women will visit area colleges and receive college counseling from members of the higher education community. They will also run the B.A.A. 5K the Saturday before the marathon and participate in numerous pre-marathon events atteneded by running luminaries and Wings supporters.
Once again, the B.A.A. has granted Wings two "charity" bibs to help raise funds for the "Pursuit" program students' trip. Native Women Running founder, Verna Volker (Diné), and world-renown artist, Yatika Starr Fields, will toe the line in Hopkinton and serve as chaperones for the students selected for the program. Please donate to this campaign to honor their committment to Native youth and help build upon the impressive legacy established by Native American distance runners.
Here's what Verna and Yatika are running to raise money for:
Airfare to/from Boston for Pursuit students: $3,500
Race entry fees for Pursuit students in B.A.A. 5K: $300
Meals/Food/museum entry fees for Pursuit students: $750
(Public) Transportation for Pursuit students: $150
To view the "Pursuit" program application for High School Juniors, please visit the Wings website HERE.