Wainisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk Has Big Turnout

By Lynette LeGarde

The 8th Annual Wainaisguni Hikurus Hajawi 5K Run/Walk was held at Lake Phalen in Minnesota on May 24, 2018.  There were 645 people from 40 tribal affiliations that registered for the run/walk.  There were close to 500 participants on the actual race day.  The event was organized by Danielle Delong. 
 The 5K has been occurring annually since 2011 which began as a diabetes education event.  There were 47 participants at the first event.  When the Ho-Chunk Nation had a health and wellness initiative Ms. Delong approached the Legislature for a donation for the 5K and the event was opened up to other tribes.  The event has been growing in popularity each year.  This year there were two other tribes and a Native American Law Firm that sponsored the run/walk.
Danielle Delong, Wainisguni Hikurus Hajawi organizer stated, “Organizing this event has become a personal passion.  Seeing community coming together and taking an active stance against diabetes and childhood obesity is exciting.  Watching this event come together each year is good Medicine for my personal motivation and dedication to my own health goals.  I’m grateful to HCN for their continued support.”
 Register for the next Wainisguni Hikurus Hajawi (Reclaiming Our Health) 5K Run/Walk in 2019.