Going the distance

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It was May 1, 2008. Exhausted but inspired, Western junior Enrique Lopez used every ounce of energy he had left to complete the final stretch of the Peace and Dignity Journey, a run that began in Alaska, ended in Panama and covered more than 5,023 miles.

Lopez, along with 15 other participants, ran from Eklutna, Alaska, to the Panama Canal in a seven-month run called the Peace and Dignity Journey. Lopez said the run occurs every four years with a different prayer-based theme each year. Some past themes included a prayer for elders (1992), children (1996), family (2000) and women (2004) in honor of sacred sites and indigenous communities throughout the world, he said.

On May 21, Lopez gave a presentation about his experience at the Fairhaven Auditorium using a culmination of photos, video, thoughts and observations.



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