We are excited to announce For the LOVE Run, the second virtual run in a series organized by Red Earth Running Company. The For the LOVE Run is a virtual run that will be hosted from May 30 – June 6, 2021.
The For the LOVE Run is inspired by Zaagi’idiwin, a core value of Anishinaabe or Ojibwe people. The core values of the Anishinaabe are also known as the Seven Grandfather Teachings. Similar to the values and guiding principles found in many Native communities, these teachings are gifts for living a good life. They are vital tools for individuals and communities to thrive and be in balance.
Zaagi’idiwin roughly translates to mutual love. This type of love is action. It requires us to first show love to ourselves so we can show love to other people or causes. We live this value by showing kindness, compassion, acceptance, and encouragement to ourselves and others. When we live this type of love, positivity circles back to us. Love is an extraordinary teacher.
The For the LOVE Run is intentionally hosted in June, which is also known as Odemiini-giizis (Strawberry Moon) in the Anishinaabe language. Strawberry Moon is the last full moon in spring. The name comes from the short season for harvesting strawberries, which have significant meaning in many Native communities. The strawberry is know as the heart berry. It represents healing, renewal, and restoration.