Bahai News - Others are going long this summer
Others are going long this summer
Monday, May 22, 2000
By KRISTIN DIZON
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER
Arthur Fernandez Scarberry isn't raising money on the
cross-continental Spirit Run. He and eight other runners of varied
racial and ethnic backgrounds from around the country are running across
the United States and Canada to raise awareness of the oneness of
The nine runners, from ages 15 to 30, are all members of the Baha'i
faith, whose message focuses on harmony among races.
"Typically, I don't like to run just for the sake of running," said
Fernandez Scarberry, a social worker at the state Department of Social
and Human Services. "We're no longer living in a time where words are
enough. We must live through action."
They will each run six miles a day in one-mile increments with a
support team of 10. Their journey will take them through many Indian
reservations and communities that are offering hospitality.
"The ultimate goal is to show that all the races can get along and
that there's power in joining hands," said Nancy Griffith, one of the
run's organizers. "That the color of your skin, where you were born, is
all really irrelevant. We're all one people inhabiting one planet."
A spiritual gathering and send-off will be May 28 at the Daybreak
Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park. The runners will leave
the next morning at dawn.
For more information, see www.spiritrun.org
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