The Boston's brother and sister run a marathon in moccasins

The Boston 123rd Marathon will see a group of current runners this year.

Harold Bennally, Navajo, will be wearing his moccasins and his grandma scarf for the 26.2 miles.

He said, "it will rain and I put a duct tape with the bottoms to prevent my descent 'so I don't harm myself. See how long it lasts."

From what social media sister package and sister Hopi said Caroline Sekaquaptewa and Wayne Perry (registered as Wayne Sekaquaptewa) was to be running in his moccasins. As Bennally pointed out, however, it is difficult to run the rain in moccasins.

The first wave began at 10:02 a.m., the second wave hit the path at 10:25 a.m., the third wave began at 10:50 a.m and the fourth wave at 11:15 a.m.

Jordan Marie Daniel took off in the second wave. She and Dustin Martin, Wings of America's executive director and running in the marathon, brought five native students to a “Marathon Weekend” as part of Boston's Marathon Pursuit Program under the Wings program. These five students competed during the city's 5k and visited Harvard University during their trip.

The program was partnered with the Boston Athletic Association and Harvard University for the third year running to celebrate indigenous runners and to showcase the opportunities available to young people.

Since the inception of the marathon, five Indigenous people have won medals, according to the Smithsonian National Indian Indian Museum.

Indigenous people running in Boston Marathon 2019:

  • Caroline Sekaquaptewa, Hopi (running in 2016) finished in 3:13:35
  • Wayne Perry, Hopi, (listed as Wayne Sekaquaptewa on BAA website) completed in 3:03:52
  • Dustin Martin, Navajo, from Gallup, New Mexico (which was held in 2016) finished at 2:26:50
  • Jordan Marie Daniel, Lakota, finished in 3:02:11 (turning his personal records about 33 minutes from 2016)
  • Esther Arviso, Navajo, finished in 4:00:26
  • Trent Taylor (passed in 2016) finished in 2:54:30
  • Dale Moomaw finished in 3:46:50
  • Lisa Loughran finished in 3:52:58
  • Beth Wright finished in 3:33:47
  • Denise Phillips, Laguna Pueblo, finished in 4:25:54
  • Harold Bennally (also run in 2016) from Lechee, Arizona, finished in 4:17:00
  • Jeri Hogue (registered as Jussica Hogue) finished in 4:30:13
  • Vern Jacques finished in 3:48:41
  • Gary Riggs finished in 4:02:56
  • Justin Casiquito, Jemez Pueblo, finished in 3:11:24
  • Charleen Lundberg, Cowlitz, finished in 4:07:13
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Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is a reporter / producer for Indian Country Today in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @jourdanbb. Email: jbennett-begaye@indiancountrytoday.com

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