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Running Medicine 2021 Season Kicks Off With August 28 Opening Ceremony

Laughter. Joy. Culture. Family.

These are the hallmarks of the Running Medicine program, a program of the Native Health Initiative that has received support from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and UNM’s Department of Family & Community Medicine.

“We want all of our relatives, regardless of their background, speed, fitness or abilities to feel welcome when they come out to walk or run with us,” says Shannon Fleg, NHI partnership director.

The 10-week fall season begins Saturday, August 28, at Los Poblanos Open Space (5601 Tierra Viva Pl NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107).

Running Medicine will meet four times a week at locations in the UNM area and in West Albuquerque/Rio Rancho. The group has kept its cost low ($15 per season) since its inception in 2016 thanks to partners such as Presbyterian Community Health, Western Sky Community Health, RunFit and Heart and Sole Inc.

“The opening ceremony is a big thing for us. It is a chance to bring community together and to find healing through our movement. We expect more than 150 people, and will have something special for everyone,” says Loren Morgan, Running Medicine youth program director.

Running Medicine began in 2016 as a program of the Native Health Initiative, a non-profit organization. Running Medicine believes that movement is medicine for mind, body and spirit and has a vision of creating a culture of wellness through walking and running.

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